Earlier this month, it was reported that the Senate passed a bill that would honor Sgt. First Class Alwyn Cashe posthumously for the heroic actions he took during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2005.
Now, the bipartisan coalition behind the bil is urging the Defense Department that it should recommend that President Trump (R) award the Medal of Honor to the fallen soldier.
Florida Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D), Michael Waltz (R) and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) have directed a letter to Chris Miller, the Acting Secretary of Defense, formally requesting that President Trump should posthumously award the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Alwyn Cashe in honor of the actions taken in Iraq on October 17th, 2005.
While in duty, Cashe saved the lives of multiple soldiers after their Bradley fighting vehicle struck an improvised explosive device and caught on fire. Repeatedly returning to the vehicle to pull out the wounded soldiers, he was left open to enemy gunfire and was also set on fire. He would later pass away from his wounds.
In response, noting “that the final award authority for the Medal of Honor rests solely with the President,” the bipartisan coalition argued that the Department of Defense should “swiftly provide your endorsement to the President.”