LOS ANGELES, CA -- On the 3rd of August 2020 The Army Heritage Center Foundation reached out to the U.S. Army Cadet Command Junior ROTC and offered the Junior ROTC cadets an opportunity to attend a seven-part webinar series (Zoom and Facebook Live) that focuses on the shared values and qualities of all recipients - courage, commitment, sacrifice, citizenship, integrity, and patriotism. Seven Medal of Honor recipients discuss how these qualities and our American values can be practiced and how each can be exemplified in daily life.
The Congressional Medal of Honor is our Nation’s highest award for valor in action, above and beyond the call of duty, against the enemies which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Since its inception during the American Civil War, only 3,508 brave service members have distinguished themselves and been awarded the medal. Today, there are only 69 living recipients.
During the series, these American Heroes shared lessons of personal bravery and self-sacrifice. They help define leadership, and identify leadership traits, explain how they overcame obstacles, reflect on different experiences that demonstrate commitment and understanding sacrifice to others. The cadets at each of the seven webinars, along with the opportunity to interact with the recipients, will help learn that there are heroes among us, and that ordinary people can meet significant challenges and make the world around them a better place.
The webinar series was hosted by best-selling author, award-winning journalist, and Bronze Star recipient Joe Galloway, the depth and breadth of each discussion provided the cadets with a lasting impact that was remarkable.
Our cadet felt that since our school has had the honor of meeting several of the MOH recipients over the past few years, it would be the perfect connection for our Viking Battalion. The recipients we have met are:
- CPT Florent A. Groberg, USA (In support with the Association of the United States Army – Los Angeles Chapter)
- SSG David G. Bellavia, USA (In support with Los Angeles Unified School District/Junior ROTC/Director of Army Instruction)
- SP5 James C. McCloughan, USA (In support with our University of California Los Angeles Senior ROTC)
- Charles (Chuck) Hagemeister, LTC, USA Ret. (In support of The Congressional Medal of Honor Society along with Military Veterans Affairs for the County of Los Angeles and U.S. Vets)
- Thomas (Tom) Kelley, CPT, USN Ret. (In support of The Congressional Medal of Honor Society along with Military Veterans Affairs for the County of Los Angeles and U.S. Vets)
- Gary Littrell, CSM, USA Ret. (In support of The Congressional Medal of Honor Society along with Military Veterans Affairs for the County of Los Angeles and U.S. Vets)
Our Viking Battalion, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, has 2 Recipients that came from James Monroe High School and in the same Class – 1965! Those 2 MOH recipients are William T. Perkins, CPL, USMC, and CPT Gary M. Rose, Ret., USA. The Viking cadets continue to find and stay involved in the Junior ROTC program by virtual programs made available to them. Our cadets learned, first-hand, the true meaning of – Leadership. The MOH values are in line with the Junior ROTC program. Listed below were the Webinar Series available to the cadets to attend.
September 3rd, 5:00 PM EST
Sergeant Gary Beikirch U.S. Army (Action: Vietnam 4/1/1970)
Topic: The Medal of Honor and applications of core values in our life
September 10th, 5:00 PM EST
Corporal Hershel (Woody) Williams U.S. Marines (Action: WWII 02/23/1945)
September 17th, 5:00 PM EST
1st Lieutenant Jack Jacobs U.S. Army (Action: Vietnam 03/9/1968)
September 24th, 5:00 PM EST
Private First-Class Sammy Davis U.S. Army (Action: Vietnam 11/18/1967)
October 1st, 5:00 PM EST
Staff Sergeant David Bellavia U.S. Army (Action: Iraq 11/10/2004)
October 8th, 5:00 PM EST
Specialist Fourth Class Robert Patterson U.S. Army (Action: Vietnam 05/6/1968)
October 15th, 5:00 PM EST
2nd Lieutenant Walter (Joe) Marm U.S. Army (Action: Vietnam 11/14/1965)