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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Unsung Glory #6
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I first discovered the Rottweiler in November of 2004, just as Operation Al Fajir, the Second Battle of Fallujah, was beginning. MOUT fighting, or Military Operations in Urban Terrain, is the most dangerous and difficult type of warfare there is. From Stalingrad, to Aachen, to Hue City, house to house combat is up close, savage, and brutal. I knew that the Marines and soldiers clearing the vipers nest of Islamofascists in Fallujah were doing it down and dirty when I saw a photo of Marines preparing to clear a house. Each and every one had a bayonet attached to their rifle. In this age of push button warfare, laser and GPS guided bombs, and UAV’s which can read a license plate from 20,000 feet, these grunts were destroying the enemy with the oldest weapon in the infantryman’s arsenal, cold steel. Cold steel, and an even stronger resolve.

As I watched the battle unfold live on network TV, I told my son that there would be stories of heroism coming out of that battle that would rival any from any previous war. And so it was with Sgt. Rafael Peralta, USMC.


On the morning November 15, 2004 the Marines of 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, awoke from an all too brief sleep and began anew the task of clearing Fallujah, house by house, room by room. They had been at it for seven days now and were prepared to once again bring the fight to the faceless enemy.

Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a 25 year old Mexican-American native of San Diego who had grown up across the border in Tijuana, had earned his citizenship by joining the Corps. Sgt. Peralta was proud to serve his adopted country and in his parent’s home, on his bedroom walls, hung only three items - a copy of the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and his boot camp graduation certificate. Before he set out for Fallujah, he wrote to his 14-year old brother, “be proud of me, bro…and be proud of being an American.”

As a platoon scout he could have stayed back while the Marines assigned to the stacks engaged the enemy. Instead he had constantly asked and cajoled his way into the assault teams, determined to be in the thick of the fight. Three houses had already been cleared when two six man stacks of Marines, one containing Sgt. Peralta, approached a fourth. The courtyard gate was quickly breached and the front door kicked in. Common to the houses of Fallujah, which all seemed designed by a siege architect, there was an empty foyer which lead to the doors of the interior of the house proper. There were two such doors here, one directly in front of the Marines, and one to the right.

Both doors were breached simultaneously and soon the cry of “Clear!” came from both. They found that behind the doors both rooms were connected, and in this next room there was one last door leading to the rear of the house. The Marines spread out and two stacked to the left of the door as Sgt. Peralta prepared to breach it.

Rifle in hand he tested the handle and found it unlocked. Looking at his fellow Marines and receiving the “Ready” signal from them, he swung open the door ready to rush through the fatal funnel and clear the rest of the house.

He was met by the flaming muzzles of three AK47’s fired at point blank range.

Hit several times in the face and chest, he fell mortally wounded back from the door. M16’s and M249 SAW’s blazed away at the enemy in a fierce firefight as Marines stepped over his body to engage the enemy, mere feet away.

As Sgt. Peralta lay bleeding on the floor of the crowded room, a grenade landed in the middle of the Marines. In the last fleeting moments of life, Sgt. Peralta reached out and pulled the grenade to his chest. Rolling on top of it he smothered the blast with his body.

A tracer round had started a fire in the rear of the house and the Marines grabbed their wounded and pulled out to regroup in the courtyard.

In the courtyard, Staff Sergeant Jacob Murdock did a quick head count of the two stacks and found one short. He demanded to know where his missing Marine was.

Coming out of the house, Lance Corporal Adam Morrison screamed “Sgt. Peralta! He’s dead! He’s fucking dead. He’s still in there, we have to go back.”

“Never leave a man behind” is a code ingrained into every Marine, and within seconds that code drove them back into the house.

Sgt. Peralta’s body was recovered and the thee insurgents killed as the fire quickly engulfed the house, eventually setting off the cache of weapons stockpiled in the back room that Sgt. Peralta had been shot while entering.

Later that night Lance Cpl. T. J. Kaemmerer, a combat correspondent with 1st FSSG who had been in the room with Sgt. Peralta, carrying his rifle instead of a camera, was thinking back on the days solemn events when he was approached by Cpl. Richard Mason.
“You’re still here, don’t forget that” he told him. “Tell your kids, your grandkids, what Sgt. Peralta did for you and the other Marines today.”

As Lance Cpl. Kaemmerer later wrote “As a combat correspondent, this is not only my job, but an honor.

Sgt. Peralta has been nominated for a posthumous Medal of Honor. Although his act of sacrifice occurred three years ago, no word of his nominations status has been released.

He is buried in Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.

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19 Responses to “Unsung Glory #6”
  1. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    I really hope he gets the MOH. He earned it and then some. Another good post. We all need to know about guys like him, and I am glad you are telling us about them.

    First!!

  2. LC Hardclimber54 Comment by LC Hardclimber54

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    The room I sit in suddently got very quiet as I quietly read the narrative. Another proof that the Marines are a breed apart! Thanks crunchie…

    And an eternal Thank You, Sgt Peralta.

    The flame of freedom seems to burn brighter when seen through tears…

  3. LC Mrs. M-ITT™ Comment by LC Mrs. M-ITT™

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    *sad sigh* *sniff* Thank you Sgt. Peralta.

  4. randy Comment by randy

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    If this story doesn’t put a lump in your throat and make you misty eyed, I don’t want to know you.

  5. Unregistered Comment by tweell

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    John 15:13
    Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

    Our country should be looking for more immigrants like Sgt Peralta and his family.

  6. BigDogg Comment by BigDogg

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    That’s heroism, defined.

    God bless you, Sgt. Peralta, and your family.

  7. LC Draco Comment by LC Draco

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    R.I.P. Brother Warrior, you definitely have a seat at the Hero’s table.

    /salute

  8. baslimthecripple Comment by baslimthecripple

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    Wow. He defines nobility and that is why the DU/Kostards/CodePink/run-of-the-mill democraps hate the military. People like Sgt. Peralta are simply better men than any of those pukes.

  9. LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR Comment by LC JackBoot IC/A-OBR

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    Requiescat in Pace, Marine.

    Well Done thou good and faithful servant.

  10. LC HOGHEAD II Comment by LC HOGHEAD II

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    Godspeed Sargeant.

    We NEED more men like these, regardless of origin.

  11. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Even knowing his condition, knowing to grab that grenade meant certain death……he did what heroes do……his life cost dearly and saved his friends and killed those bastards waiting in that room. I seek to find superlatives, yet all seem hollow and come up short…magnificent, noble, sacrifice, courage…..yet none do this man justice.
    So I will suffice it to say he is a Marine…..

  12. DдrтH бдкфи Comment by DдrтH бдкфи

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    If we Hoo-Rah loud enough, he’ll hear us in heaven…

    That’s what’s called a mensch.

  13. jaybear Comment by jaybear

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    I just finished reading all four stanzas of the Star Spangled Banner….The Emperor has graciously posted them on the right side of the main page just above the waving flags. I read the narrative about Sgt Peralta, then went over and dwelt on the Star Spangled Banner for a while. There’s really not much else to say….we should start a letter writing campaign to expedite his Medal of Honor.

    vaya con Dios Marine….

  14. Radical Redneck Comment by Radical Redneck

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    Wow! Extremely inspirational! :cry: :em69:

    It just makes it more galling that an anti-American anti-military puke like Hitlery (and the rest of the Dhimmis) have even a chance at becoming CiC of superior men like this. :em58:

  15. Panzermann403 Comment by Panzermann403

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    Thanks a lot, Crunshie….

    And thanks Sgt. Peralta for the price you paid. I am sure you are in good company now. And you made us here live in a little better company as well by putting these idiots down…

  16. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

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    Post #13- Just e-mailed my senators and representative. Let’s all try to e-mail them before veteran’s day. What do you think?

  17. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

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    we should start a letter writing campaign to expedite his Medal of Honor.

    Let’s all try to e-mail them before veteran’s day. What do you think?

    Part of the reason why I chose Sgt. Peralta for this weeks edition. I’m hoping there will be an announcement November 15th. That will be the third anniversary of Sgt. Peralta’s act of courage. If there’s no announcement soon, I will want to know just why exactly he hasn’t received the medal yet. I sincerely hope this will not be one of those Medals of Honor awarded 40 years later.

  18. ohio right wing nut Comment by ohio right wing nut

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    Once again another great post about an even greater man, ’bout to go to bed but be damned sure tomorrow ‘Ole Georgie boy is gonna hear from me, hope Ohio can help get this MARINE his C.M.H.

    Rest in peace Sgt.

  19. Serious Sean Comment by Serious Sean

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    This man definitely deserves the C.M.H. I’ll have to write a letter soon…