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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  • Sgt. Art Niswonger

    It’s a shame that this Marines family had to wait this long for their son to be honored, hopefully they don’t know what a slap in the face this Navy Cross is compared to the Medal of Honor for the sacrifice he made. Semper Fi brother, may you rest in peace knowing of how many lives you saved. OORAH!

  • Sgt R. “Sal” Salinas, VietNam 67-68 69-70

    Chesty is turning in his grave. This marine, deserves the MOH.

  • Safwan Almufty

    This marine deserves medal of honor,

  • Safwan Almufty

    I believe he deserves more than that like silver star or at least brown star ,besides, how come that the mariens didn’t have their own designed medal for such exceptional heroic activities in addition to the navy’s, i still think they deserves more than that.

  • Jackie Wireman Sgt 2nd Recon USMC 1972-1977

    It is a shame that we keep getting but down of people that have no any idea of what it is to be a Marine. This brave Marine even though wounded knew he had to save the men around him, which he did, lost his life. I can only hope they push up his award to the Medal of Honor.

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