Marine of the Week // Selfless Sacrifice

Marine of the Week // Selfless Sacrifice

Sgt. Rafael Peralta
1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division
Fallujah, Iraq, November 15 2004
Award: Navy Cross (Posthumously)

Clearing scores of houses in the previous three days, Sergeant Peralta asked to join an under-strength squad and volunteered to stand post the night of 14 November, allowing fellow Marines more time to rest. The following morning, during search and attack operations, while clearing the seventh house of the day, the point man opened a door to a back room and immediately came under intense, close-range automatic weapons fire from multiple insurgents. The squad returned fire, wounding one insurgent. While attempting to maneuver out of the line of fire, Sergeant Peralta was shot and fell mortally wounded. After the initial exchange of gunfire, the insurgents broke contact, throwing a fragmentation grenade as they fled the building. The grenade came to rest near Sergeant Peralta’s head. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Peralta reached out and pulled the grenade to his body, absorbing the brunt of the blast and shielding fellow Marines only feet away. Sergeant Peralta succumbed to his wounds. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Sergeant Peralta reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.​​​​​​​

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  • Wood

    Had Sgt. Peralta been a Navy SEAL, hands down his actions would have been an MoH. The other question is, why haven’t the Marines who fought in. “Phantom Fury” been eligible for a Presidential Unit Citation? The Army Cav unit there got it!

  • Sgt T. K. Shimono (59-68)

    The Medal of Honor is what this Sargeant must be awarded!!! Looks like race is again playing a part in these cases. My brothers friend was given the DSC for more than what Audie Murphy did in WW11 and what others did. He is Japanese American, Vietnam Veteran. If you look into other MoH awards, where the Marine threw himself on a gernade to save other Marines, they were awarded the MoH. Sgt Peralta was severly wounded, seeing the gernade, pulled it under himself to save other Marines. The MoH is warranted and must be awarded.

  • Cecil Jones

    There is no greater sacrifice for a man give to is life for another life

  • Father Richard Gorman

    Sergeant Peralta is the best of humanity and the finest of America. He deserves the Medal of Honor. We should all write to President Trump and ask that he personally intervene in this matter.

  • Charlie Linton

    In reply to Ron Flett.
    The only person that kills a medal is the officer that investigates the incident. Then that report goes to a board that makes the decision. STUPID SHITBIRD!! You gotta be a Repuke!!!

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