American Hero!




 
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January 24th, 2005  
ARMYMOM
 
 

Topic: American Hero!


I read this on another site & thought it should be passed along


This is about a Marine an incredible story of heroism. Funny, you don't see this on the evening News.

SSG Blizzard

Sgt. Rafael Peralta, American Hero
Everyone should know his name.

You probably don't know Rafael Peralta's name. If we lived in a country that more fully celebrated the heroics of its men in uniform, you would. He was a sergeant in Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment for Operation Dawn, the November offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which had become a haven for terrorists. What he did on the day of Nov. 15 was an awe-inspiring act of selfless sacrifice and faithfulness to his fellow Marines.
The only way we can honor Sgt. Peralta's heroism is to tell his story and remember his name. What follows is mostly drawn from the reporting of Marine combat correspondent Lance Cpl. T.J. Kaemmerer, who witnessed the events on that day.
Sgt. Peralta, 25, was a Mexican American. He joined the Marines the day after he got his green card and earned his citizenship while in uniform. He was fiercely loyal to the ethos of the Corps. While in Kuwait, waiting to go into Iraq, he had his camouflage uniform sent out to be pressed. He constantly looked for opportunities to help his Marine brothers, which is why he ended up where he was on Nov. 15. A week into the battle for Fallujah, the Marines were still doing the deadly work of clearing the city, house by house. As a platoon scout, Peralta didn't have to go out with the assault team that day. He volunteered to go.
According to Kaemmerer, the Marines entered a house and kicked in the doors of two rooms that proved empty. But there was another closed door to an adjoining room. It was unlocked, and Peralta, in the lead, opened it. He was immediately hit with AK-47 fire in his face and upper torso by three insurgents. He fell out of the way into one of the cleared rooms to give his fellow Marines a clear shot at the enemy. During the firefight, a yellow fragmentation grenade flew out of the room, landing near Peralta and several fellow Marines. The uninjured Marines tried to scatter out of the way, two of them trying to escape the room, but were blocked by a locked door. At that point, barely alive, Peralta grabbed the grenade and cradled it to his body.
His body took most of the blast. One Marine was seriously injured, but the rest sustained only minor shrapnel wounds. Cpl. Brannon Dyer told a reporter from the Army Times, "He saved half my fire team."
Kaemmerer compares Peralta's sacrifice to that of past Marine Medal of Honor winners Pfc. James LaBelle and Lance Cpl. Richard Anderson. LaBelle dove on a Japanese grenade to save two fellow Marines during the battle of Iwo Jima. Although he had just been wounded twice, Anderson rolled over an enemy grenade to save a fellow Marine during a 1969 battle in Vietnam.
Peralta's sacrifice should be a legend in the making. But somehow heroism doesn't get the same traction in our media environment as being a victim or villain, categories that encompass the truly famous Jessica Lynch and Lynndie England respectively. Peralta's story has been covered in military publications, a smattering of papers including the Seattle Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune, ABC News, and some military blogs. But the Washington Post and the New York Times only mentioned Peralta's name in their lists of the dead. Scandalously, the "heroism" of Spc. Thomas Wilson the national guardsman who asked a tough question of Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld that had been planted with him by a reporter has been more celebrated in the press than that of Peralta.
Kaemmerer recounts how later on the night of Nov. 15, a friend approached him and said: "You're still here; don't forget that. Tell your kids, your grandkids, what Sgt. Peralta did for you and the other Marines today." Don't forget. Good advice for all of us.
January 24th, 2005  
Anya1982
 
 

Topic: thats right huh


unfortunately news and countries forget who the real hero's are these days
January 24th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Well I'm glad I read about it here.
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January 24th, 2005  
Snauhi
 
Its not news thing to do such reports, news just tell something that happend there without any details.
January 24th, 2005  
ARMYMOM
 
 
Our news unfortunately goes into great detail about bad news, Even tho this is not a feel good news item, hearing stories such as this instills a sense of pride and should be reported. Our men & women in the military have sacraficed so much and should be remembered. Not with just a name in a list but with their story.
January 24th, 2005  
Sexybeast
 
wut a man...americans should remember him when they are enjoying their freedom back home
January 24th, 2005  
Snauhi
 
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Originally Posted by Sexybeast
what a man...americans should remember him when they are enjoying their freedom back home
this is overrated..
January 24th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snauhi
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Originally Posted by Sexybeast
what a man...americans should remember him when they are enjoying their freedom back home
this is overrated..
So the sacrifice of this Marine is overrated huh. Maybe your missing the part where he saved his Fellow Marines by cradling a grenade against himself. Etheir way thats a pretty low thing to say.

See if ya can guess what I'm thinkin about that comment.
January 24th, 2005  
Marksman
 
 
no man,he didint mean it that way,he just meant that there is no connection between iraq war and US freedom,so he thought it was over rated,dont get all worked up
January 24th, 2005  
CDTGaticaW201
 
I heard about this over winter break and got the chills when I read about it...It's just wow. It kills me to see the way people always reflect on the war so negatively, and put down the entire Armed Forces just because of the actions of a few people, and then pass over the admirable and heroic examples of valor and selfless service. It's just insane that our media prefers the negative stories over these kind of things.

I'm sure in my entire school, there would only be a handful of people who'd know about this. But everyone would be able to recollect Abu Grahib, or well, you know what I mean.