A Medal of Honor for SFC Alwyn Cashe


By HistoryNet Staff
December 11, 2014 • HistoryNet, Homepage Featured Top Stories, Homepage Hero

October 17, 2005, Samarra, Iraq: An IED exploded under a Bradley Fighting Vehicle designated Alpha 13, igniting its fuel cell, throwing fuel onto the uniforms and bodies of men inside. Sergeant 1st Class Alwyn “Al” Cashe from Sanford, Florida, was in the gunner’s hatch. Leader of the men in the Bradley, he managed to escape; then, while under enemy fire, he made three trips back into the burning BFV to pull six soldiers and an interpreter out. His own fuel-soaked uniform burned away, leaving only his helmet, body armor and boots. Covered with severe burns over as much as 90% of his body, he refused to be evacuated until all of his men had been medevaced. He died November 8, 2005, at San Antonio Military Hospital in Texas.

For his actions that day, Sergeant Cashe was awarded the Silver Star, the Army’s third-most prestigious medal. But Brigadier General Gary Brito, the commander who recommended him for the Silver Star, determined after further review that the sergeant should have been recommended for a Medal of Honor, America’s highest military award. Recipients of the Medal of Honor, always few and far between, have been almost non-existent in the War on Terror; critics say the criteria for awarding the medal reflect a World War II–mentality that needs to be adjusted to the realities of 21st-century asymmetrical warfare. An extensive review by Military Times found 10 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who received lesser awards, but when records of their deeds are compared with those of earlier Medal of Honor recipients, it would appear they should have been honored with the highest award; SPC Alwyn Cashe is one of the ten.

His story motivated a Cold War–era veteran named Harry Conner to begin a campaign to raise public awareness of Cashe’s selfless heroism and aid Brigadier General Brito’s efforts to have the sergeant’s Silver Star upgraded to a Medal of Honor. On December 11, 2014, HistoryNet spoke with Conner.

HistoryNet: You’re a veteran yourself, aren’t you? When did you serve?

Harry Conner: I was in the U.S. Army, 1972-80. I started out in the 101st Airborne but when I went to Germany I was with the Third Infantry. I was in the 1/10 artillery, but I was liaison NCO with 1/15th, which was the unit Al later served in. Later I was a drill sergeant before leaving the military.

I retired at the end of last March to just work on promoting his story. His resting place in Sanford, Florida, (near Orlando)is about 10 miles from where I’m living right now. I started from his resting place when I made the two bike rides I’ve done to publicize his story.

HN: There have been several news stories over the last few years about the paucity of Medal of Honor recipients in our 21st century wars. What was it about Alwyn Cashe’s story that motivated you to get involved?

Harry Conner: I was drinking coffee at a store one Saturday when I picked up the Orlando Sentinel and saw an article about his actions and the effort to have him awarded the Medal of Honor. He was in the Third Infantry and had been a drill sergeant, so there was a connection. I was technically retired, so I went home that same day and contacted Darryl Owens, who had written the piece in the Sentinel. He gave my contact information to Al’s sister Kasinal Cashe White; she contacted me, and I’ve been working on it ever since. It was probably the next Saturday that I talked to General Brito, and I went to see Congresswoman Sandi Adams with Al’s sister Bernadine in the winter of 2011–2012.

The first problem was that it had been more than two years since Sergeant Cashe’s actions occurred. The Army has a two-year time limit on recommendations for awards. Getting a waiver requires Congressional approval, so we had a sort of chicken-or-the-egg situation: the Army said it couldn’t consider awarding him the Medal of Honor because it is past the time limit and they would need Congressional approval to waive that limit. Congressional representatives said they would approve the waiver if the Army decided to award him the medal.

Congressional representatives John Mica and Corrine Brown have said they will support waiving the two-year limit, however, so the time limit is no longer an issue.

HN: What have been some of the questions the Army has related to this case?

Harry Conner: The criteria for awarding the Medal of Honor hasn’t changed since World War II. It’s based on engaging the forces of a hostile nation; it doesn’t always reflect the situations of the War on Terror. One of the stumbling points was small arms fire. Part of the existing criteria is that the person “engaged in a hostile action with an enemy force of the United States.” Was the IED remotely detonated or pressure-detonated when the Bradley rolled over it? Was there small-arms fire? Those are some of the questions.

There was small-arms fire. Alpha 12, the Bradley behind the one Al was in, did return fire on the insurgents; its men dismounted and engaged the insurgents. Somewhere between 10 and 15 insurgents were taken prisoner and turned over to higher HQ. I don’t know what happened to them after that.

When the typical citizen thinks of Medal of Honor recipients, he thinks of a soldier out there mowing the enemy down. I don’t think Al even had his weapon with hem when he got out of the Bradley. All he cared about was saving his men. But he exceeded any reasonable expectation of what he had to do that day.

HN: What have you been doing to call attention to this case?

Harry Conner has ridden over 1,700 miles to publicize Alwyn Cashe's heroic actions in Iraq. Click to enlarge.
Harry Conner has ridden over 1,700 miles to publicize Alwyn Cashe's heroic actions in Iraq. Click to enlarge.
Harry Conner: Last April—the 28th, I think—I started out on a bicycle ride of 1,204 miles from Al’s resting place to the 9/11 Memorial in New York. Later I rode 554 miles from his resting place to Fort Benning, then to Fort Stewart, home of the 3rd Infantry Division. (Both locations are in Georgia; Fort Benning is where infantry are trained to drive and maneuver Bradley vehicles like the one Sergeant Cashe was in at the time of the incident.)

The bicycle rides were not about me—they were intended to get publicity for telling Sergeant Cashe’s story, and they have. The real work behind the effort to have him awarded the Medal of Honor is being done by Brigadier General Gary Brito. This goes through same military examination process as other awards do, but the process is even more demanding when the Medal of Honor is involved. It is our nation’s highest military honor; you could say, in a way, that it is “sacred.”

General Brito has the testimony of witnesses. He has Al’s medical report from the hospital where he died. He has all the paperwork necessary. In fact, he just filed the final report last Monday (December 8, 2014) with the Army Awards branch, unless the Army comes back to him with additional questions. The Army can decide to do one of three things: Sergeant Cashe retains his Silver Star with no recommendation to upgrade that award; it can be upgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross (the Army’s second-highest award); or his medal can be upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

HN: Tell us a bit about your Facebook page devoted to Alwyn Cashe.

Harry Conner: We’re up to 4,800 members now, I think. Our group is very, very, very narrowly focused. We exist for two reasons. First, we will do whatever we can to support the efforts of General Brito in securing the Medal of Honor for Alwyn Cashe. Second, we want to educate the public about what Sergeant Cashe did on October 17, 2005. The farther we get from 9/11, and with the war in Afghanistan winding down, the less people will understand or appreciate the War on Terror or the people like Sergeant Cashe and the sacrifices they made.

I don’t allow socializing or jokes on the site. I tell new members we’re here to achieve the awarding of the Medal of Honor, so we treat our group with the respect the Medal of Honor deserves.

To some degree we have to educate our own members. One thing I’ve had to monitor is people who want to send letters to their members of Congress or start petitions. Congress has nothing to do with the medal beyond waiving the two-year time limit. The process is handled through the military chain of command. People will frequently refer to the Congressional Medal of Honor, but it is simply the Medal of Honor.

HN: So what can people do?

Harry Conner: The best way to help out our group is to just urge friends and family to join the group and continue to spread the story of Sergeant Cashe and what he did, to try to get the public to understand what he did, why he did it, and to understand the fact we have men and women in our armed services doing this (risking themselves) for our country every day.

HN: Is there anything else you’d like to add in closing?

Harry Conner: I’d like you to think about something. Imagine burning your hand in a hot oven or on a grill, how bad it would hurt. Al caught on fire three times. Only his boots, helmet and body armor were left on him. The amount of time he had to be on fire for all of his outer gear to burn off is just unimaginable. General William Webster—Al’s division commander and one of the people recommending the Medal of Honor for him—says when you see you are on fire, normal human instinct would be to put it out and stay the hell away from the fire.

Al was in the gunner’s hatch when the IED went off. He freed himself, then he and Sergeant Daniel Connelly got (Specialist) Darren Howe out of the vehicle and on the ground and put out the fire on him. Cashe told Connelly to stay with Howe when he saw the vehicle was on fire, while Al went back to Alpha 13. That’s when he ignited.

He went inside Alpha 13 three times, pulling out his men and an interpreter who died on the scene. Their own rounds were cooking off in the vehicle before he finished. Alpha 12’s guys had dismounted and were returning fire on the insurgents. Sergeant Cashe was just sort of stumbling around; when he reignited, Joel Garcia had to tackle him and put out the fire. Help arrived from Forward Operating Base McKenzie, about four kilometers away. They set up an aid station in a ditch, but a dust storm prevented helicopters from medevacing the men; they had to be taken to FOB McKenzie by vehicle. Al refused help until everyone else had been carried to medevac, then he refused to be carried. With some help, he walked to the medevac flight. We need to tell the story of this man and why he deserves the Medal of Honor.

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85 Responses to A Medal of Honor for SFC Alwyn Cashe

  1. Claude Davis says:

    I support the efforts to give the Medal of Honor for Sgt Cash. He earned it! God bless

  2. SFC Andrew Topham (Ret.) says:

    I used to teach my young up-n-coming Soldiers that in order to lead so that men want to follow, you have to lead from the front by example, and you must never expect them to do anything you wouldn’t do. If you sweat and suffer with them, you will earn their trust.

    SFC Cashe far exceeded those standards not just for himself and his Soldiers. He did so for the benefit of everyone who reads this amazing epitaph of bravery, and love, and stubbornness in the face of the enemy, and indomitable human spirit, that must have screamed within his heart like a thousand lions over and over…\must get them out..my god I must get my men out!\

    What gave him the strength to continue to go back to that track again and again and ignore what must have been excruciating pain could have only been driven by the one most powerful force in the universe. In all stories like his, it is always this one thing.
    How fortunate are we to have such a shining and perfect example of it through this Soldier. How humbled we stand in awe next to the brilliant light of his humanity.
    The MOH is a symbol. A token of gratitude and respect, that by any measure, he most certainly earned, and i’m sure he will receive.
    But I will not remember him and this story for that ceremony.
    I will remember this story, and SFC Cashe for the love he had for his Soldiers, the example he set for us all, and forgive me for being so blunt, but also the one finger salute he gave the enemy, AND fear that day.
    God bless you brother, and thank you.

    • Trevor L McLeod says:

      give him the Medel

    • William Simmons says:

      Very eloquently said, no one could have said it better. I agree and hope he gets the recognition he so rightfully deserves. As a veteran it is inspiring to see such stories of love and bravery in the face of such adversary and conflict in the world today and especially here at home. May God bless you and all members of our armed forces past, present, and future. May we all have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Elizabeth Burns says:

      This man is a hero ! He saved the lives of six men before he would get help for himself. Please award him the Medal of Honor, he really deserves it !

    • Paul says:

      This man deserves the appropriate award for his selfless sacrifice. This solider should awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Iraq.

  3. Jana Kaiser says:

    There is no question Sgt Cash earned a Medal of Honor. Sgt Cash is a HERO and should be remembered as such.

  4. Rich St.John says:

    I’ve never been in the service. So this is just a guy off the street opinion. True leaders in any field are those who take care of their people as best they can. In the scenario of engaging the enemy, disregard for ones own safety, and honoring what i believe is an age old military doctrine, “the men come first” from the highest officer to the squad leader, this man personified those values. He would still be alive had he not pulled his men out. Who would blame a man for not running into a fire with a uniform covered in fuel? Yet he did the unthinkable. I’ve read many accounts of actions that earned a MOH. All are deeply moving. This account is no different. Like many who are considered heroes, he felt as if he hadn’t done enough. The selflessness and devotion to duty is truly inspirational. I hope he receives the award. I believe he rates it. Just the opinion of a guy off the street.

  5. Sherri Kristopek says:

    There shouldn’t be any question that this man deserved the medal of honor. To pull his men out and then wait until they were all safe and medii vaced out? The bravery he showed went beyond what most would do.

  6. Sherry Placzkowski​​ says:

    Give him the respect and honor he earned while giving his life to serve our Nation and save his fellow soldiers

  7. Leah A Wunderlin/Abbott says:

    Give the medal of honor; he deserves the recognition. His family deserves to be recognized.

  8. Elaine says:

    He deserves to receive the medal of honor. This man gave his life to save all the others! I pray that he R.I.P.

  9. Frank Genslak says:

    Yes Sir!

  10. William Porter says:

    I feel SFC. Cashe deserves this honor, Medal of Honor. I’ve read about some recipients of the Medal of Honor and I think if anybody deserves it, it’s him.

  11. Damaris says:

    This soldier is more then deserving of the MOH. He showed true bravery, strength and love for his fellow soldiers that others in his situation might not have done. He was injured and be on fire causes excruciating pain yet he thought of his men and not himself so much so that he put them first before he allowed help for himself. If that is not deserving of such a medal then I would like to know what is. I have so much respect and admiration for him. Let him be recognized for his bravery and selflessness. The military lost a great soldier because of his actions and his family lost a great man. God bless you Alwyn and may you rest in peace.



  13. Jeannine Hillis says:

    Daughter of a 22 year United States Naval Officer, now deceased. I say give him the medal.

  14. Sharyl LaFreniere says:

    yes!! and medals to all that have served.

  15. Mike Martinez says:

    This man SFC Alwyn Casche, definitely deserves the Medal of Honor for his amazing heroic actions to save his buddies… This is the type of bravery and concern for fellow friends in arms that needs to be recognized with the highest Honor … He had sacrificed his life to save others… This is bravery…

  16. phyllis osterdock says:

    yes,highest ,his word n action goes beyond best ,highest

  17. Arlea Crowe says:

    Very few would do what this man did. He truly sacrificed his own life to save others. Respect him by honoring him with a medal. Thank you.

  18. Lin Harleman says:

    There shouldn’t be any question in anyone’s mind he deserves the medal.

  19. Donald R Baker says:

    Please work around the red tape and give this soldier the medal and recognition he so surely deserves. RIP Sarge

  20. Willam Russell says:

    I support the Medal of Honor for SFC Alwyn Casche !!

  21. SSG (ret) Benjamin Franklin Brinson says:

    Everyone who has served and those would haven’t should know. That this was an act of pure courage with no regard for his self only his fellow man. This is what is installed in us as soldiers. Give this Soldier his medal. I served from Aug 1976- July 1990 and was given a medical discharge. Over the years I worked on my disability and after a 13 yr brake in service when 9/11 hit I did not hesitate to enlist at the age of 45 to serve again. I retired in 2009 at 52 yr of age. This man was age true Noncom, as we said in the good old days. He should not be forgotten.

  22. Barbara Shafer says:

    This man’s memory should be honored. He kept going back till all his men were safe, even though he must have known he would lose his own life, This is a true sign of brotherly love. He deserves to be honored with the Medal of Honor, give him this recognition please. His family must be so proud of him, you know the men who served with him are.

  23. Sheila L Kristek says:

    There should be no question about giving him the medal of honor. He went over and above the call of duty. All the time he was burning from the fuel all over him he pull his comrades out of danger putting himself in danger. He acted selfless and with the brave heart of a hero! I support the efforts to give the Medal of Honor for Sgt Cash. He earned it! God bless

  24. SFC Matthew Harvey says:

    True Story: This Soldier almost cost me my career in the Army all because I wouldn’t allow my chain of command to recommend downgrading his Silver Star to a Soldier’s Medal. I was the POB NCOIC when this happened and I literally went behind my chain of command’s back and got the Silver Star approved. In the process, I received a negative counseling and NCOER, but my name was later cleared after I got the IG involved. For this great Soldier, I’d do it all over again without hesitation! He deserves the Medal of Honor!

    • Nash says:

      thank you so much for being a real NCO! God bless and I hope SFC Cashe receives something higher for his true heroism, because unfortunately field-grade officers give Silver Stars to themselves the for nothing.

  25. Janice Hale says:

    I support this 100%

  26. Leticia Trevino says:

    I support this effort 100%.

  27. George Koodray says:

    A well deserved honor for SFC Cashe. God bless him for his sacrifice.

  28. James Davis says:

    U.S. Army Veteran . After reading the story I think SFC Alwyn Cashe deserves The Medal of Honor without question .

  29. Michelle M. Boyd says:

    Sergeant ALWYN CASHE, went above and beyond to serve his country and fellow soldiers, by doing what he did. This is truly an amazing fact based coverage of an American soldier deserving the Medal Of Honor. We demand you honor him for his service, you will not be giving him anything, because he truly EARNED it with his life, so others would survive and live.

  30. daniel nalley says:

    This soldier deserves a Medal Of Honor. Speaking as a former leader of Infantryman in combat, he went anove and beyond the call of duty. SGT NALLEY, OUT!

  31. Karen Ramsing-Bixler says:

    A very brave soldier whose very actions defined what the Medal of Honor stands for. I also support this effort 100%!

  32. Bill Lyman says:

    Nothing else needs to be said. His actions says it all.
    Bill Lyman USAF 1972 to 1976 Give him the Medal
    He deserves it and more. RIP and thank You Soldier

  33. Clara White says:

    This shouldn’t have to be discussed What more evidence do you need. This was an act of bravery, unselfish duties that I have ever seen

  34. Calvin says:

    He already has the Medal of Honor in my heart. God bless him.

  35. Jake says:

    SFC Cashe more than deserved this. Being part of the QRF support and watching him act selflessly not only made respect him more, but his willingness to sacrifice himself for those guys that ALL of Alpha Company loved and respected still motivates me today. He was a true leader of men. The kind of man that never used his rank, but rather showed you how he earned it working right beside you. Rest in peace SFC Cashe.

  36. Frank says:

    There are many more, i am sure that agree that this brave SFC deserves the honor of being awarded the distinguished Medal of Honor for his act of bravery. I myself salute you SFC Cashe, God is with you and your family is blessed to have a known hero in that family. I hope Congress can understand and nominate you to receive this high honor you so deserve. With all respect RIP.

  37. Debbie says:

    He deserves the MOH. Rest in peace. Thank you for your service!

  38. Grady Gibson says:

    After reading this information,. I do believe SFC Cashe deserves the Medal of Honor.

  39. Tammy Dean says:


  40. Frank D Blandori says:

    THIS man went way beyond the call of duty ,he deserves the Medal of Honor ! ask the men and the family’s he saved !!

  41. Debbie says:

    I feel this Hero deserves the Metal of honor. That’s the least this
    Country can do for someone who gave their life for save his Brothers or Sisters in his troop. May God rest his soul in peace.

  42. Cpl. Toby Dodd, Vet, USMC says:

    It’s simple. Give this man his medal.

  43. jim mcgowan says:

    He deserves the medal of honor for what he did !

  44. Annamarie Heisler- Torres says:

    This man deserves The Medal of Honor. This is what a hero is in my eyes. My heroes wear combat boots, dog tags and a flag on their arm.

  45. Linda says:

    What needs to happen next is for the requirements for the Medal of Honor to be updated to take into account the nature of 21st century war. This apparently is not something which Congress would control. How do we pursue it with the Army? Do we petition the Secretary of War? the Pentagon? Chiefs of Staff? Something which should certainly be looked into.

  46. SRA. MUHAMMAD, VET, USAF says:

    Like so many responses before me, this man should already have the MOH without a doubt, so what more can he do at this time when he’s done all he could…HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS MEN, GOD, AND COUNTRY. THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH!!!

  47. Glen A. McDaniel VET USMC says:

    This man is a true hero….. Seldom do you find someone who with severe burns on most of their body still being dedicated to saving the lives of his team mates….. SFC Alwyn Cashe went far above and beyond saving the lives of several others and ultimately loosing his own live as a direct result of that action….. My recommendation is that SFC Alwyn Cashe be awarded the MOH immediately.!!!

  48. Garth Pepion Vet, USAR says:

    I don’t understand how he wasn’t awarded one in the first place. He definitely should of been awarded the MOH. And it should be done now.

  49. Beuford Durrence says:

    SFC Alwyn Cashe should receive the Medal Of Honor asap. This man is a true American hero. Remember him and honor his family.

  50. John McNamara says:

    Bless you SFC Cashe I hope you get your medal soon, your a Hero
    SFC Retired

  51. Donald Avis says:

    Definitely deserving the M O H!

  52. Dan Lynch says:

    i am a 100% DAV and I support the MOH for this man, I have been burned and to stay and work for others is above and beyond what duty requires.

  53. Tristan Cheathon says:

    what better example of heroism than that of SFC Cashe! Ask the men who’s lives he saved if he deserves the MOH! Better yet ask the families of those men he saved if he deserves the MOH.
    I served for ten years, I know the bonds of brotherhood that are formed in the military regardless of race or creed. In many cases those bonds are stronger than even some family bonds because of the hell we went through and the sacrifices that are made to be the best soldier we can be. This is what the military in stills in its people the least they can do is recognize this fact and award him properly

  54. Jim Uland, Captain, USA, Retired says:

    What an amazing story of selfless service and heroic actions. There should be no question that he deserves the MOH, and he deserves it now. The Army leadership needs to make this a priority and right the wrong that was initially done by under-recognizing SFC Cashe’s heroic actions on that battlefield. Thank you for your service…RIP SFC Cashe.

  55. Terry ReevesHanger says:

    The man is a true hero. Please give him the medal. Very deserving.

  56. MattvTosto says:

    CMH seems completely appropriate for his valor.

  57. Lori Lake says:

    He deserves the medal albeit posthumously. He is a true hero.

  58. Storm Walton says:

    This soldier deserves the Medal Of Honor plus so much more.
    RIP bro God Bless your family and friends!

  59. Edna Muratet says:

    This soldier needs recognition!

  60. Felix M. Ruiz, US Army Captain says:

    Well deserved recognition for actions that only speak in the same regard and parallels of that of a Congressionsl Medal of Honor.

  61. Corey L. Williams, US Navy (Retired) says:

    SELFLESS devotion to duty and others. I support the campaign.

  62. Marie Connolly says:

    He deserves the medal albeit posthumously.

  63. David May says:

    Give him the Medal of Honor! End of discussion!!!

  64. Gary Favour says:

    There is no question (at least not any in my mind) that SFC Cashe deserves a Congressional Medal of Honor. He gave everything so that others might be rescued – this should be granted immediately!

  65. Kenneth Guilmette says:

    A box of rocks would have awarded this hero the Metal of Honor, way before this. How could this even, ‘not’ happen!, after such a courageous and noble sacrifice and, in the saving of 6 others as well?. Give him the Congressional Medal Of Honor, NOW!.

  66. gwen brown says:

    SFC Cashe deserves a Congressional Medal of Honor. please make sure his sacrifice was not in vain.

  67. Jeff Lydon Sgt. of Marines says:

    True Leader, without a doubt, RIP SFC Cashe.
    It’s not so much that any man earns a medal, it’s just all we can do to show appropriate appreciation for selfless service. It’s our symbolic gesture to his family, I wish we could do more for them and their loss.

    It’s stories like this this that show the next generation what true leadership is.

    I don’t want to cast a shadow, but as a fellow Veteran, it always pains me to hear about the fellows who ry to downgrade a combat award….while approving a perm. Change of station award for some Major, who just did his friggen job!

    It detracts from those who have sacrificed, and the young future warriors need to know that there are No BS awards, that every one is symbolic of its sacrifice and worthy of it’s station.

  68. james says:

    He paid the ultimate sacrifice, give it to him

  69. Ruby Nelson says:

    SFC Cashe put his love of his fellow man before his own pain and safety and I can not believe there could be a greater sacrifice then his. Please award the Congressional Medal of Honor to him.

  70. Steve Cameron says:

    God will honor this man’s sacrifice. The least we can do is acknowledge his heroism and honor his memory. He gave his all. Please give him and his family every award possible!

  71. Patrick balkcom says:

    SFC cashe went above and beyond the call of duty. He saved the men of his company and that is the Medal of Honor. He showed bravery in the face of combat. So give him the Medal of Honor and respect his sacrifice for his country. I salute you SFC cashe.

  72. SFC. Boobie a Crane says:

    He need to be giving the Metal Of Honor in the first place!!! This only show what kind of one sided Command he had…I know because after doing over 25 years in the service always happen to us. It is called ” down grading your award”. Pease get this to the Press to CNN!! and maybe the right people might see it.

  73. Antonio alvarardo says:

    I support this hero getting the Medal of Honor.

  74. carol Hines says:

    He far exceeded the requirements for update deserving this medal. Its time to update the requirements because of the changes in war-fare.

  75. Rob Harris says:

    I am a retired First Class Petty Officer with Airborne and Air Assault badges. Sgt Cashe deserves the MoH. He not only saved the lives of his men but he also went above and beyond the call of duty.

  76. SGM(Ret) ROBERT SPEAKMAN says:

    I Served 28 years in the Infantry and reading about this Sergeant, he truly deserves the MOH

  77. SFC (Ret) Scott Adkins says:

    After serving 23 years in the Army and 4 Deployments (2 Iraq and 2 Afghanistan) I have seen a lot of high Medals awarded for inflated write ups and because of their rank, this is not one of those these actions are keeping with and have meet all the Criteria for a MOH and the deciding body need to do the right thing and upgrade this outstanding hero’s award.

  78. 1SG (Ret) Willie Harris says:

    I am hoping the process to upgrade this award does not take any longer than necessary. I had the privilege of meeting SFC Cashe in 1998 when we both attended the Bradley Master Gunners course. I found out then that Al was not just an outstanding NCO but an outstanding person as well. The many late nights we spent in our study group proved that. I had another opportunity to meet SFC Cashe when he came over to Kelly Hill(Home of 3rd Brigade 3rd ID) for an interview with the Battalion CSM for a platoon sergeant job. Coincidentally I was on my way out and AL eventually took my platoon. Those individuals he pulled from that burning Bradley I knew very well such as Spc. Howe, Sgt. Robinson bka as Doc. Rob, and of course SSG George Alexander, who was one of my dismount squad leaders during OIF 1. I miss those guys dearly and without a doubt, those actions of SFC Cash deserve the MOH. PLEASE MAKE IT HAPPEN! THANK YOU! Naming a Mout Site training area in his honor is okay but not nearly enough.

  79. Jennie Bisese says:

    Give his legend and his family the medal. He was a true American Hero. God Bless him and his family for the ultimate sacrifice should not go unnoticed.

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