Tonight on the History Channel I watched Act of Honor, a documentary about Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta. Peralta died in Fallujah, Iraq when he covered a grenade with his own body.
Peralta was an immigrant to the U.S. from Mexico. Before the battle he wrote a letter to his younger brother, Ricardo, telling him, "'be proud of me, bro...and be proud of being a U.S. citizen." The documentary told an inspiring story.
Peralta is under consideration for the Medal of Honor, only two of which have been given for service in Iraq. Both were awarded posthumously, the most recent to another Marine who also covered a grenade with his body.