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Soldier jumps on grenade: Hero Marine who saved squad in Iraq denied Medal of Honor – TomoNews

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — After years of fighting for a Medal of Honor nomination, the family of a heroic Marine sergeant has given up and instead accepted a Navy Cross on his behalf.

Sgt. Rafael Peralta died in Iraq after absorbing the blow of a grenade that would likely have killed members of his team. He was just 25.

Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel rejected the Medal of Honor bid because the details of Peralta’s death are still under dispute.

On the morning of November 15th 2004, Peralta’s team was clearing houses in Fallujah.

Inside the fourth house, the team threw open a door to find several insurgents armed with AK-47s.

The Marines exchanged fire with the men and killed one of the insurgents. During the fire exchange, a bullet struck Rafael, severely injuring him. Reports indicate Peralta was struck by a bullet from his own team as he tried to move out of the line of fire.

As the remaining insurgents retreated, a grenade landed next to Peralta. Initial reports indicated he pulled the grenade under his body in an effort to shield his men from the explosion.

But later reports contradicted that story.

“I can remember people saying it would be the right thing to do, to say that he did more than he did,” said Reggie Brown, who was inside the house with Peralta, during a 2014 interview with the Washington Post.

“I disagree with everything my fellow Marines proclaim to have seen,” Brown said.

Other Marines have disputed Brown’s statement.

Regardless, Peralta’s body did absorb the blow of the grenade, which normally has a 5-meter killing radius.

On Monday morning, Peralta’s mother accepted the Navy Cross, which is the second highest award a Marine can receive. Peralta’s brother spoke at the ceremony and read the last letter he received from the fallen hero. In it, Peralta told his little brother to “just remember that I already lived my life to the fullest.”

Peralta was a Mexican immigrant, who reportedly enlisted in the military the same day he received his green card.

“His legacy will carry on as long as the Marine Corps stays alive,” Rick Peralta said during the ceremony.

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Geovani Alvarez
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    He's a marine. He smothered the grenade under him no doubt! Semper fi!!

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    Sherman DaVinci
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    He isn't a soldier, he's a marine. Get it right.

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    eli milton
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Marine not soldier

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    The Guitar Progress Channel
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    joined the Marines the day he got a green card. I can respect that.

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    Colonel_Shrek
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    It's because he's a legal immigrant. They don't like legal immigrants in the "Obama Administration"

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    renjixsan
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    It is always pretty cool to have a ship named after you. That is a huge honor.

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    Tre Johnson
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    god bless him

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    Aaron Pixler
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Im a Fallujah Marine. Unless you were there every one should keep their comments to their self please. This place had a lot of evil. A lot of us that survived relive Fallujah in our minds every day. Uncommon acts of valor were an every day thing in Fallujah. Rest in Piece y friends.

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    ARQUITECTOSTAR
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    INSURGENT DOD U.S. NAVY DEPT MERCENARY SGT. RAFAEL PERALTA, D. 25. GOOD RIDDANCE YOU JARHEAD! MAY YOUR REMAINS ROT IN HELL FOR KILLING MUSLIM CIVILIANS IN ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR! HOOYAH!

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    ARQUITECTOSTAR
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    ANOTHER DOD U.S. NAVY DEPT. SOLDIER DIED YESERDAY IN ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR! DOVER MORTUARY WILL FIND A MESS OF HIS CORPSE AS HE WAS BLOWN UP WITH AN IED! HOOYAH FROM THIS VETERAN! HOOYAH! THAT KILLER DIED OCTOBER 20TH. ANOTHER SOUL FOR SATAN! HOOYAH!
    **http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-military-american-soldier-killed-in-northern-iraq/*

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    ARQUITECTOSTAR
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=dfl&GRid=9977469
    *FIND A GRAVE! HOOYAH! NOW KILLER PERALTA RESIDES IN HELL! HOOYAH!

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    ARQUITECTOSTAR
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    WONDERFUL KARMA THAT DOD U.S. NAVY DEPT. SPONSORED CIVILIAN KILLER PERALTA WAS SHOT IN THE BACK BY HIS OWN MERCENARY GROUP! HOOYAH!

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    AJ Calacci
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Many Marines and others who deserve the MOH or other award don't get it. A friend of mine has been out of the army for 10 years and has yet to receive some of the things he earned.

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    AJ Calacci
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Many Marines and others who deserve the MOH or other award don't get it. A friend of mine has been out of the army for 10 years and has yet to receive some of the things he earned.

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    Mickey Flores
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    let's just pray n praise a fallen comrade n battle buddy as a Army vet n Chicano God bless u N ur familia carnal…..

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    Ethan Clemons
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Just look at the body it's as easy as that was he shot in the back? If so then the Marines told the truth and he didn't smother the grenade. If he was shot in the front it's most likely true that he covered the grenade.

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    mrjodoku
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Semper Fi Marine. Now take your post in Heaven

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    Junomaster2006
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    That's because the medal went to the courageous caitlyn jenner.

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    atul Jain
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    he should hav thrown it on the militans ^_°

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    Joshua Chamberlain
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Regardless what medal his family received this man is a certified hero!!!!!

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    DNCSNIP3R
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    R.I.P HE WAS A TRUE MARINE CORP DIED FOR THE TEAM AND THE MISSION OBJECTIVE I BEILVE THE SIDE OF THE STORY HE HUGGED THE GRENADE BECAUSE MARINES ARE TRAINED TO SACRIFICE THEMSELVES FOR THE MISSION OBJECTIVE NO MATTET WAT

  • Reply
    Marcin Zalewski
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Can this voice be more flat? :/

  • Reply
    Tlaloc Reyes
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Anyone notice the bud light on his grave?

  • Reply
    julle huu
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    1:11 lol

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    Raksmey Chan
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Hahaha stupid marine 

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    Toxic Anomaly (ez-snipers)
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Oorah semper fi

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    Murica 1776
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    But bruce… I mean caitlyn jenner came out as a tranny! Shes a hero! Why doesnt he… I mean she get a medal of honor?

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    Dreamformeable
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    NO AMERICAN SOLDIER IS A HERO. THEY ARE MURDERS AND COWARDS!

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    death mam
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    To hear that there are disputes about his death and that he is essentially not worthy for the Medal is disgusting. How can just awarding him with the Medal be such a difficult task for the government to do. The fact that his family had to fight for months and still not get recognition highlights how it's pointless for a person to give their life for 'their' country. 

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    Mountain Lion
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    if he was white it would have been a different story

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    mm ix
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    PERALTA FOR PRESIDENT!!!! Oh wait. He''s dead.

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    t000000000MUCH
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    That's amazing the day he got his green card he insisted and died saving fellow Americans, this man is a true hero 

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    simpleguyfa2
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Every Muslim country always want WAR! Europe would must take them as new country and make living peaceful.

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    SirEvilestDeath
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    He got a medal and uss destroyer named after him. One medal of honor isn't much compared to having people live on a massive structure named after you.

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    Troll
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Getting tired of this jumping on grenade bs. Why not just pick it up and throw it?! -_- they try to be heroic like that cause they've seen it in movies 

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    Ben A
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    And to think, all this could have been avoided if the United States would stop interfering in other sovereign nations on behalf of corporate interests and actually observe its own constitution…

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    Sneaker GOd
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Your own buddy kill you wtf

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    goatanything
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    So this guy gets the Navy Cross & has a destroyer named after him, yet I've been bugging the Navy for over 30 years to award my father the Purple hearts he earned in WWII & Korean War!!!!   WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Israelite Daggerz
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    If it were to be a fucken crakkker he would've got a statue built for him. Fuck the white government!!

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    She doesn't know $#!+
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    He's not a Soldier. He's a United States Marine!!

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    Ryan
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    he is got a destroyer after his name that is equivelent to a medal of honer and becuz of the uncertinty of the incident the gov. cant just give away medal of honers like it is nothing look at the victorien cross 4 example its almost impossible to achieve it and thats how it should be this doesnt downgrade the heroic actions of this man . and btw  a medal of honer reciever never says that he deserved the medal .

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    NightWolfXVI
    February 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

    I don't care what anybody say his a true American hero. 

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