Army Hero Alwyn Cashe Could Receive Posthumous Medal of Honor Under New Bill
Earlier this week, we reported on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Alejandro Villanueva, who chose to honor a fallen Iraq vet on his helmet in the NFL game on Monday.
Now, under a new bill, that vet, U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe could receive a posthumous Medal of Honor.
H.R. 8276, a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Michael Waltz (R-FL) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) Wednesday, would waive a requirement that the Medal of Honor be awarded within five years of the heroic actions that the honoree is receiving it for.
From American Military News:
On Oct. 17, 2005, Cashe’s vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Samara, Iraq. Cashe was not injured in the initial blast, but he braved enemy gunfire to return to the burning vehicle to rescue six soldiers, accumulating second- and third-degree burns across 70 percent of his body. Cashe died from his wounds 22 days later.
If Cashe were to be awarded the Medal of Honor, he would be the first black veteran of the war on terror to receive the award.
On Wednesday, Waltz tweeted, “SFC Alwyn Cashe is a Florida & American hero who lost his life saving fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle in Iraq. I’m proud to introduce legislation today with @RepStephMurphy and @RepDanCrenshaw to award Cashe the Medal of Honor for his heroism.”
SFC Alwyn Cashe is a Florida & American hero who lost his life saving fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle in Iraq.
I'm proud to introduce legislation today with @RepStephMurphy and @RepDanCrenshaw to award Cashe the Medal of Honor for his heroism. pic.twitter.com/iBkbxNaQw0
— Rep. Michael Waltz (@RepMichaelWaltz) September 16, 2020
Waltz is the first Army Green Beret to serve in Congress while Crenshaw is a U.S. Navy SEAL and Murphy is a former civilian employee for the Department of Defense. Crenshaw, Murphy and Waltz previously wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper proposing the idea of upgrading the Silver Star that Cashe received in recognition of his heroics to the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration.
“SFC Cashe saved the lives of multiple soldiers, but suffered severe burns in the process and ultimately died from those burns. SFC Cashe has become something of a legend in military circles, the object of profound respect and even reverence,” the lawmakers wrote in their initial letter to Esper.
Esper agreed with the idea of awarding Cashe with the Medal of Honor, but noted Congress would need to act to waive the requirement that prevents the medal being awarded outside of a five-year time limit from when the heroic acts occurred.
It will be a befitting tribute to a fallen hero if Cashe is able to receive the posthumous Medal of Honor. Someone who ultimately gave his life to save his fellow soldiers is certainly someone who is well-deserving of the prestigious award.