Rafael Peralta, from Mexico City, joined the marines on the same day he received his green card. In 2004, when he was fighting in Iraq, he purportedly shielded other Marines from a grenade using his own body. Now a USS Warship will bear his name.
And although his death is marred with controversy — reports question whether he was fully conscious when he decided to take the brunt of the grenade — his family is hoping the dispute will be put to rest with this honor.
“His legacy will carry on as long as the U.S. Marine Corps and the USS Rafael Peralta stays alive, because he has become a part of American history,” his brother Ricardo Peralta said.
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