Sgt Peralta is a warrior more Americans should know about. Especially those ungrateful in America, they need a reminder there are young heroes throughout our military branches who love America and their fellow warrior so much they give their lives for them. It's a concept that many can't fathom but on a nasty day in November, one Marine made the split second decision to save his fellow warriors and most likely surrender his life. Defines your warriors serving today. Time for a C-Gar
Sgt. Peralta died on Nov. 15, 2004 during the brutal Second Battle of Fallujah. .
Assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, he led a scout team as they cleared buildings of insurgents. After storming into their seventh house that day, Peralta immediately drew enemy automatic weapons fire.
Wounded, he fell to the floor and fleeing insurgents tossed a grenade that skittered to a rest near his head. Without hesitation, Peralta snatched the explosive to his body, absorbing the brunt of the blast to spare the lives of his team, according to his citation for the Navy Cross, America’s second-highest award for battlefield valor.
Although the Marine Corps recommended Peralta for the Medal of Honor, in 2008 Secretary of Defense Bob Gates downgraded the commendation. He expressed concerns first raised by a review panel that the Marine might have been too wounded to realize what he was doing with the grenade. Read full story here