In 2004, Sgt. Rafael Peralta covered a grenade which saved the lives of his brother in arms.
Soon his family will accept the Navy Cross which Sgt. Peralta will be awarded postposthumously.
His family and members of Congress have fought hard to have him also awarded the Medal of Honor. Now the fight has grown too tiring they say.
“For me, it’s pretty disappointing,” his brother Ricardo said. “It’s almost like a slap in the face.”
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The family of fallen Iraq war hero Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta accepted the nation’s second-highest award for valor, the Navy Cross, on his behalf nearly a decade after the Pentagon denied him the Medal of Honor.
At age 25, Sgt. Peralta from San Diego absorbed a grenade blast with his body during house-to-house fighting in Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004, while participating in Operation Phantom Fury.
Ricardo Peralta, who followed his brother Rafael into the Marines, told The Washington Post before the award ceremony on Monday that the long and unsuccessful campaign to get his brother’s award upgraded to Medal of Honor has been difficult on his family.
He expressed frustration that “coward” defense secretaries refused to upgrade the award, reported The Post.
“For me, it’s pretty disappointing,” Ricardo said. “It’s almost like a slap in the face.”