Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe was fighting in Iraq when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Instead of escaping the vehicle and walking away unharmed, Cashe ran back into the burning vehicle to save his comrades covered in fuel. Cashe kept going back into that vehicle even after his uniform ignited, and flames severely burned most of his body. He pulled all of his soldiers out and refused medical evacuation until they were tended to first. Tragically, he died three weeks later. Three members of Congress wrote to the Defense Secretary 14 years after the event saying he deserves to be rewarded the Medal of Honor. While he received a silver star the same year he risked his life, many believe it should be upgraded.
November 16, 2019