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SFC Alwyn Crendall Cashe

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SFC Alwyn Crendall Cashe Famous memorial

Birth
Thomson, McDuffie County, Georgia, USA
Death
8 Nov 2005 (aged 35)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial
Sanford, Seminole County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID
14025075 View Source

Iraqi Freedom Medal of Honor Recipient. On December 16, 2021, he received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions of October 17, 2005, in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Alwyn was born in Sanford, Florida and he enlisted in the US Army Infantry after graduating from Oviedo High School in 1988. He deployed in support of the 1991 Gulf War and to the former Yugoslavia. While deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq in 2005, his vehicle was struck by an IED. He suffered from extreme burns while evacuating his soldiers from the burning vehicle. Initially awarded the Silver Star, Congress later voted to upgrade the award for saving the lives of six soldiers. His Medal of Honor Citation states "Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe distinguished himself by acts of gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Platoon Sergeant with Company A, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq, on October 17th, 2005. While on a nighttime mounted patrol near an enemy-laden village, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle which Sergeant First Class Cashe was commanding was attacked by enemy small-arms fire and an improvised explosive device, which disabled the vehicle and engulfed it in flames. After extracting himself from the vehicle, Sergeant First Class Cashe set about extracting the driver, who was trapped in the vehicle. After opening the driver's hatch, Sergeant First Class Cashe and a fellow soldier extracted the driver, who was engulfed in the flames. During the course of extinguishing the flames on the driver and extracting him from the vehicle, Sergeant First Class Cashe's fuel-soaked uniform, ignited and caused severe burns to his body. Ignoring his painful wounds, Sergeant First Class Cashe then moved to the rear of the vehicle to continue in aiding his fellow soldiers who were trapped in the troop compartment. At this time, the enemy noted his movements and began to direct their fire on his position. When another element of the company engaged the enemy, Sergeant First Class Cashe seized the opportunity and moved into the open troop door and aided four of his soldiers in escaping the burning vehicle. Having extracted the four soldiers, Sergeant First Class Cashe noticed two other soldiers had not been accounted for and again he entered the vehicle to retrieve them. At this time, reinforcements arrived to further suppress the enemy and establish a Casualty Collection Point. Despite the severe second-and third-degree burns covering the majority of his body, Sergeant First Class Cashe persevered through the pain to encourage his fellow soldiers and ensure they received needed medical care. When medical evacuation helicopters began to arrive, Sergeant First Class Cashe selflessly refused evacuation until all of the other wounded soldiers were evacuated first. Sergeant First Class Cashe's extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty were keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army."

Iraqi Freedom Medal of Honor Recipient. On December 16, 2021, he received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions of October 17, 2005, in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Alwyn was born in Sanford, Florida and he enlisted in the US Army Infantry after graduating from Oviedo High School in 1988. He deployed in support of the 1991 Gulf War and to the former Yugoslavia. While deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq in 2005, his vehicle was struck by an IED. He suffered from extreme burns while evacuating his soldiers from the burning vehicle. Initially awarded the Silver Star, Congress later voted to upgrade the award for saving the lives of six soldiers. His Medal of Honor Citation states "Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe distinguished himself by acts of gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Platoon Sergeant with Company A, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division in Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq, on October 17th, 2005. While on a nighttime mounted patrol near an enemy-laden village, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle which Sergeant First Class Cashe was commanding was attacked by enemy small-arms fire and an improvised explosive device, which disabled the vehicle and engulfed it in flames. After extracting himself from the vehicle, Sergeant First Class Cashe set about extracting the driver, who was trapped in the vehicle. After opening the driver's hatch, Sergeant First Class Cashe and a fellow soldier extracted the driver, who was engulfed in the flames. During the course of extinguishing the flames on the driver and extracting him from the vehicle, Sergeant First Class Cashe's fuel-soaked uniform, ignited and caused severe burns to his body. Ignoring his painful wounds, Sergeant First Class Cashe then moved to the rear of the vehicle to continue in aiding his fellow soldiers who were trapped in the troop compartment. At this time, the enemy noted his movements and began to direct their fire on his position. When another element of the company engaged the enemy, Sergeant First Class Cashe seized the opportunity and moved into the open troop door and aided four of his soldiers in escaping the burning vehicle. Having extracted the four soldiers, Sergeant First Class Cashe noticed two other soldiers had not been accounted for and again he entered the vehicle to retrieve them. At this time, reinforcements arrived to further suppress the enemy and establish a Casualty Collection Point. Despite the severe second-and third-degree burns covering the majority of his body, Sergeant First Class Cashe persevered through the pain to encourage his fellow soldiers and ensure they received needed medical care. When medical evacuation helicopters began to arrive, Sergeant First Class Cashe selflessly refused evacuation until all of the other wounded soldiers were evacuated first. Sergeant First Class Cashe's extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty were keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army."

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  • Originally Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 22 Apr 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 14025075
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14025075/alwyn-crendall-cashe: accessed ), memorial page for SFC Alwyn Crendall Cashe (13 Jul 1970–8 Nov 2005), Find a Grave Memorial ID 14025075, citing Restlawn Cemetery, Sanford, Seminole County, Florida, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.