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Where Do We Find Such Men?

Today, I’d like to remember a man I never met, but wish I had.

Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe was unscathed when a bomb went off next to his Bradley in Iraq on October 17, 2005.  But when the interior of the vehicle was engulfed in flames, he ran inside to save his soldiers.  That is, after his uniform was soaked in fuel, he ran into a burning vehicle to save his soldiers.  That is, when his fuel-soaked uniform was on fire, he repeatedly ran into a burning vehicle to pull six soldiers out to safety, then worked to help them until he was relieved.

SFC Cashe received second and third degree burns all over his body, and eventually succumbed to his wounds.  For his bravery, he was awarded the Silver Star.  I am not alone in thinking that he deserves the Medal of Honor for his bravery and selflessness.

We cannot repay SFC Cashe for his duty, but we can remember him.  So long as we do that, we cannot help but honor him and those like him.

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  1. Duty, honor, country before self. May he rest in peace.


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