Shot in the face as he and other Hawai'i Marines cleared a house, Peralta, 25, had the presence of mind to grab a tossed Iraqi grenade and pull it into his body, saving fellow Marines.
Peralta was killed instantly.
He was not only a hero, but an immigrant hero who got his citizenship while in uniform, loved what America and the Corps stood for, and proved it with his life, say those who knew him.
No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi, Sergeant.
And far be it from me to tell the President how to do his job but sir, it's time to give this man the honor he deserves.