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