Reluctantly, the family of a Marine from San Diego who was killed in Iraq has agreed to accept a Navy Cross on his behalf, rather than the Medal of Honor they and the Marine Corps believe he deserves.
The family of Sgt. Rafael Peralta has agreed to accept the Navy Cross out of a sense of weariness with the controversy involving his death, according to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine). A ceremony is being scheduled for Camp Pendleton.
Hunter, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine officer, has campaigned in favor of the Medal of Honor for Peralta.
"The fight to upgrade the award will continue when the time is right, and I'll be honored to lead that...