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December 6, 2004 | Tony Perry and Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Sgt. Rafael Peralta is dead, but the story of his sacrifice to save fellow Marines will live long in Marine Corps lore. In the fierce battle for the Iraqi town of Fallouja, Peralta, with gunshot wounds to his head and body, reached out and grabbed a grenade hurled by an insurgent, cradling it to his body to save others from the blast. The explosion in the back room of a house injured one Marine, but four others managed to scramble to safety.
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February 22, 2014 | By Tony Perry
For nearly a decade the debate continued over whether Sgt. Rafael Peralta deserved the Medal of Honor for combat bravery. Conflicting physical and medical evidence were at the center of the dispute involving the Marine from San Diego, who was killed in Fallouja, Iraq, in November 2004. One thing, however, remained constant: Marines who were with Peralta that violent day have insisted, repeatedly and emotionally, that he saved their lives by smothering an enemy grenade. But now, the day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel supported the decision of his two predecessors to deny the nation's highest medal for bravery to Peralta, a news story has suggested that the story about him saving lives by smothering a grenade is not true.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Eight years ago this month, Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta of San Diego was killed in Iraq during the battle for Fallouja, the bloodiest house-to-house fighting involving Marines since Vietnam. A dispute about whether Peralta, 25, a Mexican immigrant, deserves the Medal of Honor remains one of the last pieces of unfinished business from the U.S. involvement in Iraq. The Marine Corps nominated Peralta for the Medal of Honor. But then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2008 downgraded the award to the Navy Cross - upsetting the Marines and Peralta's family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The secretary of defense announced Friday that he would not reconsider the Medal of Honor nomination of a Marine from San Diego who was killed in Iraq. Secretary Chuck Hagel agreed with his two predecessors that the nomination of Sgt. Rafael Peralta does not meet the "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" standard required for the nation's highest award for combat bravery. Peralta, an immigrant from Mexico who enlisted the day he received his green card, was killed in November 2004 while Marines were clearing houses in Fallouja of barricaded insurgents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
At his brother's funeral nearly six years ago, Ricardo Peralta made him a promise: He would join the Marine Corps and carry on in his example. On Friday, Peralta, now 19, fulfilled that promise as he graduated from the school of infantry. He will now report to a battalion in Twentynine Palms, Calif., and, like his brother, probably deploy to a war zone as an infantry "grunt." "I have big shoes to fill," Peralta, a Marine private first class, said quietly. His brother, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, was killed at age 25 during the battle for Fallouja, Iraq, in November 2004.
OPINION
December 11, 2004
As I read the article about Rafael Peralta ("A Hero's Courageous Sacrifice," Dec. 6), I was filled with overwhelming gratitude. To know that a 25-year-old Marine would sacrifice himself so willingly to save others renewed my hope in the intrinsic goodness of man. One thing concerned me, however, which prompted this letter. His sister said, "People will forget about him, that's when it will hurt the most." This may be a small offering, but I wanted to give it anyway. Tonight I will sit down with my 8- and 5-year-old daughters and tell them of Sgt. Rafael Peralta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The U.S. Secretary of Defense is "familiarizing himself" with the history of one of the most controversial actions from the war in Iraq: the decision not to award the Medal of Honor to a Marine from San Diego killed in Fallouja in 2004. While not a full review of the case of Sgt. Rafael Peralta, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is looking at information given to him recently by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), a Defense official said Tuesday. Hunter, who served in Iraq as a Marine officer, has long campaigned to have Peralta awarded the Medal of Honor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Tony Perry
For nearly a decade the debate continued over whether Sgt. Rafael Peralta deserved the Medal of Honor for combat bravery. Conflicting physical and medical evidence were at the center of the dispute involving the Marine from San Diego, who was killed in Fallouja, Iraq, in November 2004. One thing, however, remained constant: Marines who were with Peralta that violent day have insisted, repeatedly and emotionally, that he saved their lives by smothering an enemy grenade. But now, the day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel supported the decision of his two predecessors to deny the nation's highest medal for bravery to Peralta, a news story has suggested that the story about him saving lives by smothering a grenade is not true.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The secretary of defense announced Friday that he would not reconsider the Medal of Honor nomination of a Marine from San Diego who was killed in Iraq. Secretary Chuck Hagel agreed with his two predecessors that the nomination of Sgt. Rafael Peralta does not meet the "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" standard required for the nation's highest award for combat bravery. Peralta, an immigrant from Mexico who enlisted the day he received his green card, was killed in November 2004 while Marines were clearing houses in Fallouja of barricaded insurgents.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In the middle of "Act of Honor," a History Channel documentary on the bravery of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a fellow Marine remembers seeing Peralta during the battle for Fallouja in late 2004. "He still had that wild look in his eye -- fresh out of a fight," says Sgt. Catcher Cuts the Rope, a Native American. "But he wasn't scared or anything like that."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The U.S. Secretary of Defense is "familiarizing himself" with the history of one of the most controversial actions from the war in Iraq: the decision not to award the Medal of Honor to a Marine from San Diego killed in Fallouja in 2004. While not a full review of the case of Sgt. Rafael Peralta, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is looking at information given to him recently by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), a Defense official said Tuesday. Hunter, who served in Iraq as a Marine officer, has long campaigned to have Peralta awarded the Medal of Honor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Eight years ago this month, Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta of San Diego was killed in Iraq during the battle for Fallouja, the bloodiest house-to-house fighting involving Marines since Vietnam. A dispute about whether Peralta, 25, a Mexican immigrant, deserves the Medal of Honor remains one of the last pieces of unfinished business from the U.S. involvement in Iraq. The Marine Corps nominated Peralta for the Medal of Honor. But then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2008 downgraded the award to the Navy Cross - upsetting the Marines and Peralta's family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A bipartisan group of California legislators has asked the secretary of the Navy to reconsider a request from the Marine Corps that the Medal of Honor be awarded posthumously to a Marine from San Diego killed in Iraq. The group says newly discovered video and a report from a noted pathologist merit a review of the decision by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates not to recommend that the Medal of Honor be awarded to Sgt. Rafael Peralta . Peralta, 25, an immigrant from Mexico, was killed in November 2004 while Marines were clearing insurgents from barricaded homes in Fallouja.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
At his brother's funeral nearly six years ago, Ricardo Peralta made him a promise: He would join the Marine Corps and carry on in his example. On Friday, Peralta, now 19, fulfilled that promise as he graduated from the school of infantry. He will now report to a battalion in Twentynine Palms, Calif., and, like his brother, probably deploy to a war zone as an infantry "grunt." "I have big shoes to fill," Peralta, a Marine private first class, said quietly. His brother, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, was killed at age 25 during the battle for Fallouja, Iraq, in November 2004.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 19, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In the middle of "Act of Honor," a History Channel documentary on the bravery of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a fellow Marine remembers seeing Peralta during the battle for Fallouja in late 2004. "He still had that wild look in his eye -- fresh out of a fight," says Sgt. Catcher Cuts the Rope, a Native American. "But he wasn't scared or anything like that."
OPINION
December 11, 2004
As I read the article about Rafael Peralta ("A Hero's Courageous Sacrifice," Dec. 6), I was filled with overwhelming gratitude. To know that a 25-year-old Marine would sacrifice himself so willingly to save others renewed my hope in the intrinsic goodness of man. One thing concerned me, however, which prompted this letter. His sister said, "People will forget about him, that's when it will hurt the most." This may be a small offering, but I wanted to give it anyway. Tonight I will sit down with my 8- and 5-year-old daughters and tell them of Sgt. Rafael Peralta.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A bipartisan group of California legislators has asked the secretary of the Navy to reconsider a request from the Marine Corps that the Medal of Honor be awarded posthumously to a Marine from San Diego killed in Iraq. The group says newly discovered video and a report from a noted pathologist merit a review of the decision by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates not to recommend that the Medal of Honor be awarded to Sgt. Rafael Peralta . Peralta, 25, an immigrant from Mexico, was killed in November 2004 while Marines were clearing insurgents from barricaded homes in Fallouja.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2004 | Tony Perry and Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Sgt. Rafael Peralta is dead, but the story of his sacrifice to save fellow Marines will live long in Marine Corps lore. In the fierce battle for the Iraqi town of Fallouja, Peralta, with gunshot wounds to his head and body, reached out and grabbed a grenade hurled by an insurgent, cradling it to his body to save others from the blast. The explosion in the back room of a house injured one Marine, but four others managed to scramble to safety.
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