Medal of Honor Recipient Speaks to Students

by Katie Jeffries on November 13, 2009 at 7:12 am

A well known veteran in our community took the to speak with local students about living an honorable life.

Nobody would know more about that than Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Ronald Rosser. He gave a presentation to more than 300 students at West Muskingum Middle School. Rosser says he only has one thing to ask of students.

"I am getting up in age and most of my peers are up in age and in a short time we are going to give them a great gift, we call it the United States of America and we are going to give it to them as a free nation and all we ask from these children is that they turn it over to their children and grand children as a free nation and maybe correct the mistakes we have made," says Rosser.

Rosser told students about his time in the Korean War and the 10 hours of close combat against the Chinese Army that earned him the medal of honor. He says serving in the army was the greatest honor of his life and people should remember to thank their veterans.

"The Continental Congress gave us the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, but the veterans have ensured those rights over the last couple hundred years," says Rosser.

For students looking to go into the Army he says it is a good career choice, but he hopes they have better luck than him. Rosser commends the soldiers currently serving overseas and will travel to Iraq and Afghanistan later this year to speak to the troops.



Katie Jeffries