Yes, I read of Sgt Peralta at the time too. SEMPER FI Sgt.
He was someone who truly loved and believed in his adopted country, as well as being a Marine. He was (and still is) a true Hero.
I hope Paredes ass is in the brig for desertion and disobeying an order. Perhaps they can even find a case for treason?
Regardless of what the news force feeds us, I have to believe the public is for the most part truly supportive of what our troops are doing. Unlike the slap-in-the-face reception our Vietnam Vets got, I get the feeling that most people appreciate what our guys and gals are doing.
Case in point...I have a story to tell about a Marine that happened right after Christmas this year. The Marine was travelling to report to duty at Jacksonville, NC, but as we all know the weather was bad and Comair and USAir had problems with computers, lost baggage and an unacknowledged "sick out", so there was plenty of time to waste at the airport.
A gentleman with two young kids, oh between the ages of 5 - 10 came over to talk with the Marine and wish Happy Holidays. The kids had made a special Holiday greeting card and wanted to give it to the Marine. There was an elderly couple also waiting for their flight nearby who were tickled with these cute kids wanting to give this soldier a card. As they did, the father said "We really appreciate your service to our country." As the kids and father left, the Marine went over to the elderly couple to show them this handmade card which really meant a lot, but as they inspected the card more carefully, they noted it was taped shut. That's odd, thought the Marine, but being resourceful, it was soon opened to reveal a crisp, new $100 bill.
Of course, the kids and father were long gone by that time, so nothing more could be done to find out who, what, where...
I think we know the why. I also can vouch for the veracity of this story, because that Marine is my daughter.