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THREE JR ROTC CADETS DIED IN FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING

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The US Army is awarding medals for heroism to three students killed in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  These students were members of their school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

Alaina Petty, age 14, Peter Wang, age 15 and Martin Duque Anguiano, age 14, all students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, were also Junior ROTC cadets and will receive the Medal of Heroism for their actions in last Wednesday’s shooting.  Only 48 such medals have ever been awarded by the Army.

CADET WANG WAS BURIED WITH FULL MILITARY HONORS

Tuesday hundreds of mourners gathered at a Funeral Home in Coral Springs, Florida, to give Peter Wang a hero’s send-off before the cadet was laid to rest at Bailey Memorial Gardens in North Lauderdale.

Peter was buried wearing the Medal of Heroism and his JROTC uniform, the same one he wore when he died holding a classroom door open so his teachers and fellow students could escape the 19-year-old shooter.

Cadet Alaina Petty looking every bit the 14-year-old she was when she was killed at her school last week.

“The JROTC Heroism medal was on his uniform, but a second ‘keepsake’ medal,” was given to the Wang family.

WANG’S GOAL WAS TO ATTEND WEST POINT

Separately, the United States Military Academy at West Point announced Tuesday it would posthumously offer acceptance to Wang.

“Peter Wang, an Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, had a lifetime goal to attend USMA and was posthumously offered admission for his heroic actions on Feb. 14, 2018,” according to a statement issued by the academy.

CADET WANG DIED SAVING OTHER STUDENTS

Wang was shot repeatedly while holding a door open to let other people escape. “He died a gentleman holding the door for other students,” his classmate Kelsey Friend told CNN after the shooting.

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

Cadet Martin Duque Anguiano was 14 when he was killed.

“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’s family was presented with her medal at her funeral service Monday.  Anguiano’s family will be presented with his medal during a service on Saturday.

Diane L. Gruber

Armed American

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