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Brother of Marine hero will follow in his path: 'I have big shoes to fill'

July 12, 2010 |  7:50 am


His brother, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, is one of the Marine Corps heroes of Iraq -- a leader who smothered a grenade to save his fellow Marines during the 2004 battle for Fallouja.

Now Ricardo Peralta, 19, is following in his brother's path as a Marine private first class bound for the 3rd Battalion, 4th Regiment at Twentynine Palms to begin training for deployment to Afghanistan.

It's the fulfillment of a promise that Ricardo made at his brother's funeral.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Pfc. Ricardo Peralta, center, and other school of infantry graduates Friday at Camp Pendleton. Credit: Al Schaben / Los Angeles Times