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Friday, November 26, 2004

Altruism at its finest....and most tragic

In college, the most common reference of an example of altruism is the scenario of a soilder falling on a grenade to protect his fellow soldiers. Sadly, this example became reality yet again on the battlefield in Fallujah. Sgt. Rafael Peralta made the ultimate sacrifice for his fellow men and soldiers when, after being wounded in the face by enemy fire, spotted a fragmentation grenade where they were dug in and cradled it into his body. This deadly embrace saved the rest of his assault team and reminds us all what true valor and self sacrifice exists in all of us, and is expressed by a precious few. It is shame that he had to make it in such a way, on such an occasion, and in that place........

Link: The Seattle Times


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