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‘I met a hero:’ Air Force doctor who treated Alwyn Cashe says he’s never forgotten him | Military.com

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Maj. Mark Rasnake, an Air Force Infectious Disease Specialist, tells a special story about how Sergeant Awlyn Cashe ran back and forth across enemy fire to carry six soldiers and an interpreter from a flaming vehicle. Cashe, the most severely burned of the soldiers, refused medevac until the other bodies were taken away. Rasnake stated “if his actions don’t deserve the Medal of Honor, we had trouble imagining anything that did that would.” The hero ultimately succumbed to his injuries a couple days later and passed away at the Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas on November 8th, 2005. Cashe was initially nominated by Gary Brito, his Battalion Commander for a smaller award but once Brito became aware of Cashe’s heroic actions despite his injuries, he immediately put in a request for the Medal of Honor. After almost 15 years, the soldier has finally been nominated for the award. Rasnake said “he’s up for the MOH, reliving this and kind of seeing some closure for him and his family is just amazing.”

Source: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/10/17/i-met-hero-air-force-doctor-who-treated-alwyn-cashe-says-hes-never-forgotten-him.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2010.19.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

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