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Marine of the Week // Raider Leader

Marine of the Week // Raider Leader

During a combat operation in Afghanistan, Master Sgt. Torian’s unit came under heavy machine gun and underslung grenade-launcher fire. Maneuvering across open terrain, Torian exposed himself to enemy fire in order to establish better satellite communications and observe the enemy’s maneuvers. He then effectively coordinated multiple rotary-wing close air support missions with rockets, guns, and a hellfire missile. Two weeks later, he was killed in action. “What I admire most about Aaron was his relentless, competitive spirit; unrivaled work capacity and zest for life, family and friends,” said Charlie Goodyear, a long-time friend. “All these things made him an incredible Marine, friend, husband, and father to his family.”
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SgtMaj Pete A. Longoria, Jr. (Retired) – Served AD: 1960-1990) - June 9, 2020

Explain to me why this MARINE was not awarded the Medal of Honor…?

Lorenzo Maya - June 9, 2020

Come on 0302,, wake up! I was the speaker at the freeway sign dedication for 3 Medal of Honor recipients in Riverside, CA and that was exactly my main point. There is prejudice in the past and in the present. We who have experienced it from light to heavy have to speak up.

Sgt. Wolf aka Bob Rader - June 9, 2020

I think “Os” get more MOHs than “Es.”

Robert mata - June 9, 2020

I’m trying to understand why this courageous marine was not awarded the Medal of Honor! not that the navy cross is anything to scoff at. I have to assume the person who recommended him for the n.c. was a bit bigoted in a sense. I do.not remember any marine from any conflict not being awarded the Medal of Honor for this type of sacrifice. especially Vietnam!

R. Haigh - June 9, 2020

No words will heal the pain felt by the family – only our Lord can help there. Hopefully, as time passes the heroic actions of this fine Marine will sink in. He was, as our motto states, Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) to his duty and his fellow Marines. May he rest well in peace.

Linda Dancker - June 9, 2020

I’m a Vietnam Era Marine and I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Sgt. Peralta should be the recipient of the Medal of Honor for giving his life for his buddies. God bless you and may this young hero rest in peace.

0302, RVN ’67. ’68. ’69 - June 9, 2020

Come on, Command CMSgt Reyes! First thank you for your 33 years of service, but you demean your military record by saying that the review board won’t award the MOH because a name implies a Hispanic. I only checked out the LIVING Vietnam veterans awarded the MOH and three are named Baca, Rodela and Vargas. Of course, overwhelmingly, the MOH is awarded posthumously, so you can conduct a more thorough research and see that many recipients DO have Hispanic names! I did not serve with any MOH recipients, but I DID serve with many outstanding Hispanic Marines in the 60’s and I think that they would cringe to see what you have written.

S. Vincent Montagna,CPL USMC 1954-1957 - June 9, 2020

I can’t find the words that are fitting for Sgt. Peralta’s bravery and complete thoughtfulness for his Brother Marines. This is what Marine Corps training teaches us, to protect one another. God Bless him. Vince Montagna, Cpl. USMC 54-57

Dan - June 9, 2020

Somehow this needs to get to President Trump. This young Marine should have received the Medal of Honor!

Donald Rogers - June 9, 2020

God Bless him and his family. A Hero and Great Brother! Semper Fi

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