MEDAL OF HONOR, a new documentary series on Netflix, tells the stories of some of America’s bravest men, its Medal of Honor recipients. Documentary interviews combine successfully with well-made dramatic reenactments. Some language and violence concerns make the show unsuitable for younger children.
(BBB, CC, VV, M):
Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong biblical and moral worldview where self-sacrifice is highlighted and bravery is seen as incredibly important, some discussions of faith and God’s guidance;
No foul language;
Intense scenes of warfare including many deaths by rifles, machine guns, grenade fire, and bayonets, and scenes of gruesome injuries inflicted by battle;
No alcohol use;
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drug use; and,
Depictions of communism.
During the Korean War, U.S. troops had to defend positions against an enormous number of invading forces. Defending one of these positions, Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura earned his Medal of Honor. Willing to give his own life, Hershey held off an incredible enemy force with his machine gun and his bayonet. His actions allowed wounded soldiers to escape the combat. Hershey survived that night and was captured by the communist forces. He was a POW until the end of the Korean War.
This episode of MEDAL OF HONOR discusses U.S. fears about its Japanese citizens during World War II, and how Hershey served his country in the Korean War. The reenactment in this episode is a more violent than others but is incredibly well-produced. At the time of the episode release, Hershey is still alive and living in Texas, so it’s fascinating to listen to his interviews. This episode highlights Hershey’s self-sacrifice in the face of an overwhelming enemy. It also contains some discussions of Christian faith and God’s guidance. The episode is unsuitable for very young viewers, due to violence.
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