Army Awards Three Students Gunned Down In Florida Shooting Medals Of Heroism

The Federalist | 2/20/2018 | Bre Payton
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The U.S. Army has awarded its Medal of Heroism to three high school students who were shot dead during last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida.

Alaina Petty, Peter Wang, and Martin Duque were cadets in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point posthumously admitted Wang, a 15-year-old student, who was shot and killed while holding the door open for other students and pushing them through, and awarded all three of them the medal.

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“The achievement must be an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding that it clearly sets the individual apart from fellow students or from other persons in similar circumstances,” the Army’s criteria for the medal reads. “The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage.”

Wang’s classmate Kelsey Friend told CNN, “He died a gentleman holding the door for other students.” Wang had a lifetime goal of getting into West Point.

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“It was an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man,” the academy said in a statement Tuesday. “West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidate’s...
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