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Teaching Life Lessons Using Stories of Posthumous Medal of Honor Recipients

Monday, November 16, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

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Presented by Cory Etchberger, Regional Curriculum Trainer – MOH Character Development Program
Sponsored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation


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. Etchberger demonstrated how using these resources of historical text helps students make connections, link texts with one another, 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?

This webinar is part of a series of webinars on the free Character Development program developed by the Medal of Honor Foundation with 50 lessons aligned to Common Core standards. Viewers will receive details on how to access the full free Character Development Program, available online and on DVD, that includes over 50 lesson plans and 100 video vignettes on the character traits of courage, integrity, sacrifice, commitment, citizenship, and patriotism, based on the Medal of Honor Recipients’ stories.

Join the Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice community to participate in online discussions with peers, for invitations to upcoming webinars, to view past webinar recordings, to take a quiz and receive a CE certificate for a past webinar, and for access to more resources.


cory etchbergerCory Etchberger joined the MOH Character Development Program as a Regional Curriculum Trainer in 2015. He has taught science at the middle and high school levels, and college biology. He is the youngest son of the Air Force’s most recent Medal of Honor recipient, Chief Master Sergeant Richard Etchberger and also serves as the Academic Director for the Medal of Honor Legacy Program at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, PA. Cory contributed to his father’s biography, At All Costs, which was published in May 2015.



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cmoh congressional medal of honor foundationThe Medal of Honor Character Development Program is a free resource that teaches character through stories of the Medal of Honor recipients. The CDP is a cross-curriculum supplement and complies with National/State Common Core standards. The Medal of Honor Character Development Program incorporates the ideals of courage and selfless service into the middle and high school curriculum to build character and promote responsible citizenship.  The program is FREE and includes 50+ lesson plans supported by over 100 video vignettes of the Medal of Honor Recipients themselves, as well as videos of hometown heroes selected by the Medal of Honor Recipients as “Citizen Heroes.”



Monday, November 16, 2015
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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