Jon Stephens, a criminal justice teacher at Stratford High School in Nashville, implemented the Medal of Honor program in his classes last year.
Stephens said the program has been incredibly positive."It creates a sense of enthusiasm about being a part of Stratford, " said Stephens, a former Marine.
It was based on the Medal of Honor recipient and then janitor that had inspired him.
Forty years after his heroic action Crawford was presented the Medal of Honor in person by President Ronald Reagan at the 1985 Air Force Academy graduation.
School districts in the state decide how to incorporate character development into curriculum, which is mandated by state law.
In 2013 the state Senate passed a resolution supporting the implementation of the Medal of Honor character development program in schools.
Crawford died in 2000 and was buried at the United States Air Force Academy.
Write or project the six core values of the program on the classroom board: courage, integrity, patriotism, citizenship, commitment, and sacrifice.
His youthful golden gloves experience resurfaced when he took on a Nazi guard in a fist fight, – Crawford knocked the Nazi out cold.
Back home Crawford’s family had presumed he was killed in action and his Medal of Honor was presented to his father posthumously.