Fallen Marine, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, Denied Medal of Honor
Witnesses to Peralta's death have pushed competing claims over whether the Marine actually committed an act of heroism in his last moments.By Jasmine Bailey | February 22, 2014
After a nearly six-year-long battle, another setback for a San Diego Marine killed in Iraq. Friday U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel announced he will not reconsider Sgt. Rafael Peralta for a Medal of Honor nomination.
Peralta died in 2004 while clearing houses in Fallujah. An immigrant from Mexico, he reportedly joined the military the day he got his green card. (Via KNSD)
"Peralta's supporters say he threw himself on a live grenade in Fallujah, saving other folks in his group. But the Pentagon says there are several witnesses that say that didn't actually happen." (Via KUSI)