Medal of Honor Spotlight: Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe

Born in 1970, Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe enlisted in the Army in 1988. An infantryman, he served in the Gulf War in 1991 during Operation DESERT STORM and during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

During his third combat tour, Sergeant Cashe was serving with the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division. On the evening of 17 October 2005, he was on a patrol in northern Iraq when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) struck an improvised explosive device, crippling the BFV, igniting its fuel cell, and causing it to burst into flames.

Drenched in fuel, Cashe leapt from the gunner position and ran to the rear of the vehicle to help soldiers escape through its back hatch. As Cashe repeatedly braved the flames engulfing the BFV, his fuel-soaked uniform ignited; despite the severe burns he received, Cashe persevered, ultimately pulling seven soldiers and a translator from the burning vehicle.

Cashe suffered second and third-degree burns over 72% of his body, ignoring his own excruciating pain as he took the lead in administering aid to his comrades until they could be evacuated for medical treatment.

Cashe died of his wounds on 8 November 2005 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He earned a Silver Star for his actions; the award was subsequently upgraded to a Medal of Honor in 2021.

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