Marine of the Week // Selfless Sacrifice

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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29 comments


  • Charles Perry

    The post of fellow Marines all speak. MOH Vietnam Veteran served both 68 and 69. SEMPER Fi


  • Frank Sinanian Cpl 58-64

    The MEDAL of HONOR for sure. SEMPER FI


  • HARRY HOPWOOD

    ONCE AGAIN THE BEAN COUNTERS SCREWING THE CORPS, THIS MARINE SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THE MOH NOT THE NAVY CROSS. I WAS AN O341 FORWARD OBSERVER FOR 81MM MORTORS IN NAM 67-69 WITH 2/3 MARINES IN I CORPS AND IT SEEMED AS ALL OFFICERS CAME BACK WITH VALOR MEDALS WHILE THE ENLISTED MARINES GOT PURPLE HEARTS. PRAYERS OUT TO THIS MARINE AND HIS FAMILY AND THAT SGT. PERALTA WILL GET THE AWARD HE DESERVES. SEMPER FIDELIS


  • White Gregory

    This Marine should have gotten the CMH. His fellow Marines all know this SEMPER FI my brother


  • JERRY CLARK

    THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE MOH WITHOUT QUESTION. WHAT DOES A MARINE HAVE TO DO TO GET THE MOH. IF HE HAD BEEN ARMY HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE MOH AND NOT TAKE 14 YEARS TO GET IT. PISSED OFF OLD MARINE. VIETNAM VETERN 1968. QUANG TRI, DONG HA, CAM LO,CAMP CARROL DURING TET OFFENSE. J. CLARK, 2/9 MARINES,3RD MARINE DIVISION. ALL MARINES STAND UP FOR OUR BROTHER. SEMPER FI BROTHER AND MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.


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