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#1 User is offline   da1hobo 

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 05:54 PM

Taken from an article by Fox's Oliver North.
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On the morning of November 15, 2004 the men of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines awoke before sunrise and continued what they had been doing for seven days previously, cleansing the city of Fallujah of terrorists house by house.

At the fourth house they encountered that morning, the Marines kicked in the door and 'cleared' the front rooms, but then noticed a locked door off the side that required inspection. Sgt. Rafael Peralta threw open the closed door, but behind it were three terrorists with AK-47s. Peralta was hit in the head and cheast with multiple shots.

Peralta's fellow Marines had to step over his body to continue the shootout. As the firefight raged on, a "yellow, foreign made grenade," rolled into the room where they were all standing and came to a stop near Peralta's body.

But Sgt. Rafael Peralta wasn't dead...yet. The youn immigrant of 25 years, who enlisted in the Marines when he received his green card, who volunteered for the frontline duty in Fallujah, had one last act of heroism in him.

As Sgt. Peralta lay near death on the floor of a Fallujah terrorist hideout, he spotted the yellow grenade. Once detonated, it would take out the rest of Peralta's squad. To save his fellow Marines, Peralta reached out, grabbed the grenade, and tucked it under his abdomen.

Oliver North went on to note how sad it was that the story of Sgt. Peralta's heroism received only a fraction of the media coverage given another young solider who became an instant media darling by refusing to board his ship bound for Iraq with other sailors and Marines. He showed up on the pier wearing a black t-shirt that read, "like a Cabinet member, I resign."

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 05:57 PM

He's not just an American hero.. He's a hero for all mankind. It's people like that that should be honored and given attention to.. not the guy who refused to go.
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Posted 01 August 2007 - 05:59 PM

They should get his entire family green cards and let them into the country.

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 06:27 PM

View PostUWANNAGO, on Aug 1 2007, 05:59 PM, said:

They should get his entire family green cards and let them into the country.

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Or at least one green card for every person he saved.
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Posted 01 August 2007 - 07:28 PM

That makes me mad! The media messes up everything! I'm going to go slam my head against a wall now...

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 07:33 PM

these are the kind of men that I look up to an respect, the media dose screw up every thing....

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 08:31 PM

eff the media, people like this need to be in the news. Now the doom and gloom media crap that is on today, liying about everything to get ratings.
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Posted 01 August 2007 - 08:41 PM

It was in the media. When it happened. In 2004.
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