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Cadet Alexander Hronek Awarded Legion of Valor by Medal of Honor Recipient:

Hopewell HS, Huntersville, NC -- Cadet Alexander Hronek, the Hopewell HS Army JROTC Cadet Battalion Commander received the school’s first ever Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for outstanding achievement in JROTC.  Medal of Honor recipient, Colonel(retired) Walter J. Marm presented the medal to Cadet Hronek and stated that Alex was one of only 51 Cadets out of 274,000 Nationwide (
to receive the award this year.  Colonel Marm earned his Medal of Honor in Vietnam in the Battle of Ia Drang Valley made famous in the book, We Were Soldiers Once and Young.  

Cadet Hronek ranks in the Top 5% of his graduating class academically.  Last year he helped lead Hopewell JROTC to its 9th Superintendent’s Cup title.  As the Titan JROTC Raider Team Captain, his team took 2nd Place in the seven state 4th Brigade Best of the Best Championships and will compete in Raider National Championships in Molena, Georgia in November.  Most recently he was nominated by Hopewell High School for UNC’s prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship and NC State’s Park Scholarship.  Cadet Hronek is applying for an Army ROTC Scholarship with the goal of majoring in Engineering and becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

Cadet Alexander Hronek is the first winner of the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross in Hopewell JROTC’s great history.    

(Colonel Marm’s Medal of Honor Citation

The Legion of Valor has maintained a consistent interest in recognizing outstanding performance. In 1957, at the 67th National Reunion, The Legion of Valor created the Silver Cross for Valor and the Bronze Cross for Achievement. The Bronze Cross for Achievement program began on a limited scale in 1951, when the District of Columbia Chapter established an incentive program for excellence in the Washington High School Corps of Cadets.  The National Body of the Legion of Valor ordained that the program be converted to a nationally sponsored program in 1957.  Thus it was extended to the fifth US Army in 1959, to the third Army in 1960 and in 1961 to all Army ROTC and NDCC cadets.  In 1962 College Cadets of the Air Force ROTC became eligible to compete for the Bronze Cross.  In 1975 college level midshipmen for the US Navy were given the privilege of competing for the Bronze Cross.  High School Cadets of the Junior Marine Corps ROTC also participate in the program.  In 1997 the Navy and Air Force Junior ROTC Cadets were given the opportunity to compete for the Bronze Cross.

Criteria for the award of the Bronze Cross for Achievement, has been developed by the Legion of Valor in conjunction with officials of the Army, Navy and Air Force.  In general the standards of achievement are similar to those required for the award of the Army’s Superior Cadet Award and have been adopted by the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. The same standards prevail for all services.  The only difference is that the Army awards one award for every 4,000 cadets during the last two years of the program and has adopted two awards per Region for the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

Administration of the program is conducted by the services under the aegis of the Legion of Valor.  Recommendations are sent to the Awards Chairman in early July.  The Awards Chairman reviews the award recommendations to assure adherence to all criteria including the rule that the award is to be presented to the next to the last year of school.  Because of the rigid standards and the thorough screening process employed, only 60-65 Bronze Crosses are awarded each year.

All Crosses and certificates are provided by the Legion of Valor at no cost to the participating schools with the exception of the cost for mailing of the recommendations through the respective Chain of Command of the participating schools to the Awards Chairman.  All nominations originate with military official having  jurisdiction over the individual being nominated.  Presentations are customarily done by members of the Legion of Valor in September October time frame in conjunction with officials of the institution concerned.  If a Legion of Valor member is not available then the institution has the authority to present the award by an individual selected by the institution

The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program offered to high schools that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. It is a cooperative effort between the Army and the high schools to produce successful students and citizens, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning environment. The outcomes of the JROTC program are:
  • Act with integrity and personal accountability as they lead others to succeed in a diverse and global workforce
  • Engage civic and social concerns in the community, government, and society
  • Graduate prepared to excel in post-secondary options and career pathways
  • Make decisions that promote positive social, emotional, and physical health
  • Value the role of the military and other service organizations


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