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3 Parkland students awarded Army Medal of Heroism. One posthumously accepted to West Point

Peter Wang is seen in this photo near a memorial in Parkland, Fla., has been awarded the Army Medal of Heroism. Wang, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was killed when former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. [Allen Breed | Associated Press]
Peter Wang is seen in this photo near a memorial in Parkland, Fla., has been awarded the Army Medal of Heroism. Wang, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was killed when former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. [Allen Breed | Associated Press]
Published Feb. 20, 2018

Three students slain in the Parkland school shooting are getting posthumous medals of heroism, and one was to be buried with it pinned to the chest of his Junior ROTC uniform today, the Army's Cadet Command said Tuesday.

"One will be presented to the family of Cadet Peter Wang this morning at his service,"said U.S. Army Cadet Command spokesman Michael Maddox. "It's my understanding that this is an open casket service and the family requested their son be buried in his JROTC uniform. The JROTC Heroism medal will be on his uniform, but a second 'keepsake' medal will be given to the family."

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In addition, the U.S. Military Academy is posthumously admitting Wang, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

Wang could have been in the Class of 2025. West Point will confer a letter of admission, along with honorarium tokens, to his family, local West Point alumni Chad Maxey told the Sun-Sentinel.

Wang, 15, was wearing his JROTC uniform — the uniform for the Junior Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps — when the gunman walked into his high school building wielding an assault rifle. The Brooklyn native held open the door so his classmates could escape.

Maddox said the family of Alaina Petty, 14, was given her medal at the freshman's funeral at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Coral Springs on Monday, and the family of freshman Martin Duque, 14, will be presented with one at Saturday's funeral.

A Department of the Army website described the medal as "a U.S. military decoration awarded by the Department of the Army 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. The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage."

West Point will provide the family of Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting victim Peter Wang a letter of acceptance to West Point Class of 2025, which was his dream, and honorarium tokens. His funeral is today. pic.twitter.com/kOb9P5mjdd

More school cadets may get awards as well, said Maddox in an email from Fort Knox. "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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