Originally Posted by SnowCal
military US Marine Corps has exacting near impossibly high standards for its highest honors. Peralta doesn't meet those for the Medal of Honor...
I've been out since the mid 70's and haven't kept up with who got what awards, but when I was in the only MOH winners in the USMC received their award posthumously and only for superhuman efforts on behalf of their comrades.
If I had to venture a guess as to why this guy didn't get the MOH it would be some hard ass old line officer insisting on keeping the high standards of the USMC higher than the rest of our military branches.
To be completely blunt, I'm surprised he received the Navy Cross. Plenty Marines have covered grenades in the history of the Corps and most died, and most only got a purple heart and a unit citation read aloud at formation one morning.