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Push to Award Medal of Honor to USMC Peralta Gains Ground

Push to Award Medal of Honor to USMC Peralta Gains Ground

Representative Duncan Hunter’s (R-CA) ongoing push to secure the Medal of Honor for Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta is gaining steam.

On November 15, 2004, Peralta died after grabbing an enemy grenade and smothering it with his body to spare the lives of fellow Marines. As Breitbart News reported in December 2012, Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously, but Hunter wants him to receive the Medal of Honor, as well. 

According to Business Insider, Hunter’s “push” is now “gaining ground.”

When Hunter began trying to secure the Medal of Honor, then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said there were questions as to whether Peralta had “acted consciously to cover the grenade” or whether it had “exploded six to 10 feet from Peralta’s side.” 

New photos showing the shrapnel damage to Peralta’s body armor and his M16 service rifle challenge “the six to 10 feet” theory, and Hunter is hopeful this will lead to reconsideration and an award of the Medal of Honor.

Corporal Travis J. Kaemmerer was an eyewitness to Peralta’s bravery. He said: “You’re still here, you don’t forget that. Tell your kids, tell your grandkids, what Sgt. Peralta did for you and the other Marines [that day].”

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