In 2004 while in Iraq on a house-clearing mission, Sergeant Rafael Peralta and his unit came under enemy fire. He was wounded. A grenade came into the room, Sergeant Peralta placed the grenade under his body in order to absorb the shock and thus saved the lives of fellow soldiers. He was recommended for the Congressional Medal of Honor, but Navy and Marine officers reviewed the case concluding that Peralta did not make a CONSCIOUS effort to place the grenade under his body. The result was he received a Navy Cross.
Are these people crazy? A soldier charging up a hill under enemy fire is not necessarily the most rational person in the world. It is immaterial if Sergeant Peralta consciously or unconsciously gave up his life for comrades. Give the man his Medal of Honor!!