Slain JROTC Students Honored By US Army [VIDEO]

Slain JROTC Students Honored By US Army [VIDEO]

Slain JROTC Students Honored By US Army [VIDEO]

Today, JROTC Cadet and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Peter Wang will be laid to rest. While it isn’t the military funeral that a petition tried to give him, the young hero is being honored, along with two other JROTC students, by the United States Army.

Alaina Petty, Peter Wang and Martin Duque, all students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, were also cadets in the school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and will receive the Medal of Heroism for their actions in last Wednesday’s shooting.

Petty’s family was presented with her medal at her funeral service Monday, and Wang’s family was due to receive his medal at his service Tuesday morning, where Wang was to be buried in his JROTC uniform, according to Army spokesman Michael Maddox.

“The JROTC Heroism medal will be on his uniform, but a second ‘keepsake’ medal,” will be given to the Wang family, Maddox said.
Duque’s family will be presented with his medal during a service on Saturday.

According to the Army, the Medal of Heroism is awarded to a JROTC cadet “who performs an act of heroism.”

“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,” according to the criteria laid out by the Army. “The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage.”

Petty and Duque were both 14 years old. Wang was 15 years old.

And the Wang family is also receiving another tribute to Peter’s courage.


There couldn’t have been a kinder or more well-timed honor by West Point.


The Army is also indicating that more honors may be given to those JROTC students who survived.

But right now, the focus is understandably on honoring those students who died.

May the memories of Alaina Petty, Martin Duque, and Peter Wang be a blessing to their families.

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