Updated August 28, 2020
Today the public was made aware that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced his intent to endorse the upgrade of Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe's posthumously awarded Silver Star to the Medal of Honor, which only awaits Congress to waive the time limit and the President to make the final decision.
Today for National Purple Heart Day we would like to highlight the actions of Purple Heart medal and Silver Star medal, recipient Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe whose award of the Silver Star in the final phase of review to be posthumously upgraded to the Medal of Honor.
On October 17th, 2005, United States Army Sergeant First Class (SFC) Alwyn C. Cashe pulled all soldiers from a burning Bradley Fighting Vehicle after it was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device... all while he slightly injured and soaked in fuel. SFC Cashe caught fire and ultimately succumbed to injuries after 72% of his body was covered in second and third-degree burns.
We have learned from those associated with his Medal of Honor campaign that one reason SFC Cashe was not initially nominated for the Medal of Honor is because the full extent of his actions were not known for almost a year.
Nothing short of the Medal of Honor is appropriate for his legendary heroism
His former Commander's request for upgrade to the Medal of Honor is currently under active review within the Army chain of command so it has been requested that NO action be taken by the public.
SFC Cashe's former Commander Lieutenant General Brito speaking previously when at the rank of Brigadier General
Gary M. Brito was recently promoted from Major General (2 stars) to Lieutenant General (3 stars) on August 3rd, 2020 and left his post at the the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning for an appointment to a position in Washington D.C.
After graduating from college, Private First Class (PFC) Andrew Cashe carried on his father's legacy by graduating from the U.S. Army's Basic Infantryman's Course on July 23rd, 2020.
All Medal of Honor citations detail incredible actions and while some, especially those where the recipient survives, leave room for question whether the Medal of Honor is appropriate, Sergeant First Class Cashe's actions do not leave much (if any) room for any sane person to debate if awarding a medal of honor award is fitting.
The Manly Man Company® is a veteran-owned small business located in Southern California. We believe in giving back and now that we have built this brand to a level where we have enough reach to get an issue like this in front of hundreds of thousands of people, one way to make a difference is using our platform to help increase the visibility of military / veteran-related issues.
SFC Cashe's Medal of Honor package is currently in the final phase of review and within months we look forward to this decision, now that the full extent of his actions are being taken into consideration when deciding the appropriate award. Therefore, his cause does not need much help from us due to the hard work put forth by many amazing individuals. However, his actions made such an impression on us that we feel passionate about sharing his story as the first issue we chose to highlight.