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The controversial valor case of fallen Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta should be re-examined in the wake of new forensic research, according to Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-Calif., who has doggedly advocated for more equitable recognition of combat valor.
Peralta posthumously received the Navy Cross after being denied the Medal of Honor when his actions in his final moments of life were called into question.
The infantryman, who was born and raised in San Diego, died Nov. 15, 2004, in a house-clearing mission during the U.S.-led offensive in Fallujah, Iraq. According to several witnesses, Peralta, who was already wounded and on the ground, scooped a live grenade under his body with his arm and absorbed the blast, saving the lives of his fellow Marines.
“The burden should not be on the Navy or Marine Corps to prove that Sergeant Peralta did what the evidence and witness accounts say he did,” Hunter said in a statement released Thursday.
In the letter to Mabus, the members of Congress say, “We urge you to take appropriate action and recommend Sergeant Peralta for the Medal of Honor relying on the justification presented by the Navy Cross citation, the initial judgment by the Marine Corps and the accounts of the Marines that were present.”
Originally posted by usmc0311
So, do all the veterans, and any members agree that he should be awarded the Medal Of Honor?