The United States Army has issued Medals of Heroism to three deceased Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets in the aftermath of the recent shooting in Florida.
The Medal of Heroism, which is the highest award a cadet can receive in ROTC service, was posthumously awarded to Peter Wang, Alaina Petty and Martin Duque for their actions.
The cadets were killed after a former JROTC member on February 14, after the deranged gunman assaulted the virtually-unguarded Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
According to the Daily Beast, cadet Wang -who reportedly assisted in the evacuation of students before being shot- will be buried in his uniform, complete with the Medal of Heroism.
“It’s my understanding that this is an open casket service and the family requested their son be buried in his JROTC uniform,” U.S. Army Cadet Command spokesman Michael Maddox said. “The JROTC Heroism medal will be on his uniform, but a second ‘keepsake’ medal will be given to the family.”
Wang will also be posthumously accepted into West Point, a goal the young cadet was working toward during his life.
In addition, other awards are being considered for cadets who acted in defense of others during the incident, placing themselves at great risk to save their classmates.
“Awards for other possible Cadets are going through a review process, to include the two Cadets who were on the news,” Maddox added. “However, the immediate focus right now is on supporting the funerals with dignity and honor, so deserved by these cadets and their families.”
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