Season 1, Episode 7 - Richard L. Etchberger


Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
Number:Season 1, Episode 7
Air Date:11/09/2018

What You Need To Know:

Episode 7 of MEDAL OF HONOR is the story of the Vietnam War, and another American hero, Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger. During the war, the United States needed civilians to run a technical site near Laos. Several soldiers, including Etchberger, secretly resigned from the Army to serve as non-commissioned officers. While serving, their site was attack by North Vietnamese soldiers. Etchberger gave his life in helping his fellow soldiers escape the attack. Because the mission was secret, Etchberger was not awarded the Medal of Honor until 2010.

This episode of MEDAL OF HONOR really relies on the interview portion over the dramatizations. While the acting and writing of the drama portion continue to be strong, the more recent story of Etchberger’s Medal of Honor award is the most compelling piece. The after-episode extra footage is interesting in Etchberger’s story. Self-sacrifice is a strong theme, and provides a powerful moral worldview. Happily, it contains some positive references to Christian faith. As in other episodes, there is some foul language and realistic war violence, so the episode’s unsuitable for young children.


(BBB, PPP, CC, LL, VV, A, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
  Very strong moral, patriotic worldview highlighting one man’s willingness to sacrifice himself for his friends and for his family, and where some Christian language is used;

Foul Language:
  Two obscenities (including one “f” word) and four profanities;

General warfare and explosions, including some death by gunfire and grenades, 1 brutal, point blank execution with a pistol;

  No immoral sex but an engaged couple kisses passionately;

  No nudity;

Alcohol Use:
  A couple is seen sitting next to an open bottle of wine;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  No smoking or drug content; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Dysfunctional family portrayals.


1.111/09/2018Sylvester Antolak+1
1.211/09/2018Clint Romesha-2
1.311/09/2018Edward Carter-1
1.411/09/2018Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura +1
1.511/09/2018Vito Bertoldo+1
1.611/09/2018Joseph Vittori-1
1.711/09/2018Richard L. Etchberger-1
1.811/09/2018Ty M. Carter-2

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