Teaching Life Lessons Using Stories of Posthumous Medal of Honor Recipients

Presented by: Cory Etchberger, Regional Curriculum Trainer, MOH Character Development Program
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The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest military honor given for acts of gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. One of our nation’s treasures are our Medal of Honor recipients. Currently, there are 79 living Medal of Honor recipients. However, since World War II, more than half of the Medals of Honor have been awarded to a person who was killed during their act of bravery (posthumously).

This webinar examined the stories of three posthumous Medal of Honor recipients: Douglas Munro, World War II; Richard Etchberger, Vietnam War; and Michael Murphy, War in Afghanistan. The presenter demonstrated how using historical texts helps students make connections and generate classroom discussions about character, leadership and courage, such as:

  • What we can learn about character from their stories?
  • What happened in their lives that led them to their final act of bravery?
  • What lessons can we learn from these recipients?