God is punishing me, I don't know why.
— Rosa Peralta, mother
Peralta, a Mexican immigrant, was the subject of a History Channel documentary on his bravery during the battle for Fallouja in late 2004. When an insurgent rolled a grenade at him, he smothered it with his body, losing his life but saving the lives of five other Marines.
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