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Fri Sep 10, 2021, 08:54 AM

8 months after getting Pentagon approval, Alwyn Cashe still hasn't received the Medal of Honor

On Oct. 17, 2005, during an ambush in Daliaya, Iraq, Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe made a decision that ensured the survival of his men, at the cost of his own life. Drenched in gasoline, he walked into the still-burning wreckage of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and began pulling them out one by one. Three times he walked through fire to rescue his soldiers.

Nearly 16 years later, Cashe still has not been awarded the Medal of Honor despite receiving an endorsement for the award from the Pentagon that was forwarded to the White House eight months ago. After a lengthy campaign led by family members and soldiers who served with Cashe, in early January his Medal of Honor was approved by then acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller.

Even so, the delays have continued.

A spokesman for the National Security Council said on Wednesday there were no updates to share regarding Cashe’s posthumous Medal of Honor.


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