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Marine Corps Sgt Peralta Valor Case May Be Reopened. (new evidence)

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posted on Mar, 1 2012 @ 09:03 PM
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The man chose his brothers lives over his own life. It's just that simple. The mans family should get the recognition that he earned with his sacrifice. The eye witnesses alone should have been enough during the first investigation to warrant the Medal Of Honor. I myself am a veteran of Operation Phantom Fury and know first hand the terrors and tribulations that all of us Marines faced during those few weeks.

www.marinecorpstimes.com...


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.”


So, do all the veterans, and any members agree that he should be awarded the Medal Of Honor?




posted on Mar, 1 2012 @ 09:08 PM
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I mean if the guy basically gave his life for those of his team then yes.

This shouldn't even be a question.

I feel just about anyone who goes to die in a war for a few big wigs with power, they should immediately get a medal of honor.

After all dying pointlessly for your country all in the name of righteousness is honorable in my book.

I hate war, I hate those who wage it, but I love and cherish the souls who are brave enough to do it. Mainly because they signed up for honor, not death. Simple.



posted on Mar, 1 2012 @ 09:09 PM
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Originally posted by usmc0311
So, do all the veterans, and any members agree that he should be awarded the Medal Of Honor?


Yes

Thank you for your service.



posted on Mar, 1 2012 @ 09:32 PM
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If that is what the witnesses say happened then I don’t know why it would be anything BUT a CMH.

I’ve seen many CMH citations for the same thing, haven’t you?

After all, it’s usually an award presented posthumously.

Navy Cross is the Navy/Marine Corps equivalent to the Army's Silver Star (second highest award) which is often awarded to a LIVE recipient (not always but usually).

If jumping on a grenade to save your fellow Marines isn't the ultimate act of heroism then there is no such act IMO.
edit on 1-3-2012 by seabag because: (no reason given)



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