Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Army Awards Three JROTC Cadets Killed in Florida Shooting

Army Awards Three JROTC Cadets Killed in Florida Shooting

Three Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) cadets killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have been awarded the Medal of Heroism.

Cadets Peter Wang, 15, Alaina Petty, 14, and Martin Duque, 13, will posthumously receive the Department of the Army's Medal of Heroism, the highest award for JROTC members, The Army Times reported.

Alaina Petty's family have already been presented with her medal at her funeral service that took place on Monday, Peter Wang's family received his medal on Tuesday at his service - in which he was buried in his JROTC uniform. In addition, one of those cadets has been posthumously appointed to the U.S. Military at West Point's Class of 2025.

Petty's family was presented with her Medal of Heroism at a February 19 memorial service. Maddox said the current focus is on "supporting the funerals and dignity and honor, so deserved by these cadets and their families".

A Department of the Army website describes the medals given to the three as "a United States military decoration awarded by the Department of the Army to a JROTC cadet who performs an act of heroism".

Capt. Shahin Uddin will provide Wang's family with the letter of admission, West Point alumni Chad Maxey told the Sun-Sentinel.


The magazine did not mention the acts of heroism by other JROTC members on its front page.

Wang is expected to be buried in his JROTC uniform adorned with the prestigious Medal of Heroism, the Army revealed.

Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year ex-JROTC member who formerly attended Stoneman Douglas High School, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He held the door open for other students trying to escape the gunfire.

"West Point has given posthumous offers of admissions in very rare instances for those candidates or potential candidates whose actions exemplified the tenets of duty, honor and country", the academy posted to their Facebook account.

The New York Daily News trashed the JROTC program.

Wang's loved ones have created a petition asking Congress to give him a full honors military burial. At least one of the cadets was gunned down while protecting fellow students.

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