Rosa Peralta has come to terms with the possibility that her son, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, may have been shot by a comrade in Iraq in 2004, but she said the evidence that Marine Corps officials have shared with her makes her certain he died heroically.
Rosa Peralta stands in a room in her home in Chula Vista, Calif., filled with mementos of her son, Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, who died in Iraq in 2004. The Navy’s years-long effort to award him the Medal of Honor has been stymied by military physicians who determined that forensic evidence has made implausible accounts that he scooped a grenade underneath his body seconds before it exploded, saving the lives of his fellow Marines. Sandy Huffaker/For The Washington Post Buy Photo