Pendleton Marine’s case for Medal of Honor closed

Pendleton Marine’s case for Medal of Honor closed

Sgt. Raphael Peralta A memorial to Peralta is set up at the Peralta family home in San Diego in December 2004.
Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Friday that he would not reopen Medal of Honor consideration for a Marine Corps non-commissioned officer from San Diego who was killed in Iraq during the Battle of Fallujah.

After “extensively familiarizing himself with the history” of the recommendation of USMC Sgt. Rafael Peralta for the nation’s highest military award, Hagel reaffirmed earlier findings that the verifiable facts of the serviceman’s death did not meet the requirements of the exalted recognition, according to a Pentagon statement.

“The Department of Defense has taken extraordinary measures to ensure Sgt. Peralta’s nomination received full consideration,” Hagel said. “Three separate secretaries of defense have now examined the case, and each independently concluded the evidence does not support award of…

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