Medal of Honor recipient shares story with students


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Episcopal School of Knoxville hears a story of courage from a Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient.

There are only 80 living recipients left so they are getting out to schools and organizations to share their stories. It's all a part of the Medal of Honor Character Development Program; a way to leave a legacy behind with another generation.

Retired Col. Walter "Joe" Marm, Jr. received his U.S Army Medal of Honor after a three day battle against the North Vietnamese in 1965. His story became part of a book and movie called "We Were Soldiers".

Marm said "Visiting with the kids and telling my story helps them understand the importance behind this honor. I hope they will be inspired to be the best they can be in the future."

The Medal of Honor Convention is will be here in Knoxville in 2014 and Tennessee is the first state to use the Character Development program in schools.


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