President Donald Trump is poised to award the first Medal of Honor to a black veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe.
Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) announced Friday that he, together with Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), received a letter from Pentagon Secretary Mark Esper agreeing that Cashe should have to have his Silver Star updated to the Medal of Honor, the nation’s greatest combat award for valor for his heroism in October 2005.
Cashe was released to Iraq in 2005 when his fighting vehicle hit an improvised explosive device and ignited. Cashe escaped the automobile but returned duplicated times to pull soldiers out of the flames, while he himself captured on fire and was exposed to opponent shooting. Cashe later died of his injuries.
Veterans on the right and the left have long promoted his Silver Star to be upgraded to the Medal of Honor, but it will not be up until the Trump administration where it will likely now take place.
Esper said in the letter that he examined a proposal by Waltz, Murphy, and Crenshaw to upgrade Cashe’s Silver Star and agreed that his actions merit award of the Medal of Honor.
Esper said that given that the award should be granted within five years after the date of the act justifying the award, Congress will need to first waive the limitation. After that, he will provide his recommendation to Trump, and then the “final award authority” rests entirely with the president.
Breitbart News reached out to the White House for comment but has actually not gotten a response. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that Trump will not decide to award Cashe the Medal of Honor.
Waltz and Crenshaw currently provided a successful flooring modification to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to waive the statute of limitations for Cashe’s Silver Star to be updated to the Medal of Honor.
” Alwyn Cashe’s extraordinary courage on behalf of his fellow soldiers, in the face of risk and death, embodies whatever the Medal of Honor represents,” said Waltz.
” Cashe is a Florida and American hero. He without a doubt deserves our country’s highest honor– and I’m really grateful Secretary Esper and our Department of Defense concur and recognize his brave actions. Now Congress requires to act to waive the five-year statute of limitations and enable the Department of Defense’s recommendation to move forward and continue to the President to give last approval,” he added.
Murphy said in a statement, “Alwyn was a hero in the purest and most extensive sense. He offered his own life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers.”
” I am overjoyed that the Secretary of Defense has actually figured out that SFC Cashe’s actions warrant the Medal of Honor, a conclusion I strongly share. I will deal with my colleagues to swiftly give the President the authority he requires to supply this valiant soldier with the acknowledgment he earned,” she said.
Crenshaw added, “Heroes are all around us but certain heroes stand apart. Among those heroes is Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe. Alwyn Cashe’s actions saved his males’s lives. He risked his own life as he pulled them out of a flaming Bradley Fighting Automobile and returned– again and again.”
” From Secretary Esper’s statement, we are poised to completely acknowledge the complete degree of his heroism by lastly granting him the Medal of Honor, our country’s greatest military award for bravery on the battlefield,” he stated. “He is a hero and his story is one all Americans ought to understand so we can consider his example and strive to the example he showed.”