President Biden presents Medal of Honor to three soldiers
WASHINGTON (Gray DC) – Three army soldiers are now the recipients of the country’s highest and most prestigious military honors.
President Joe Biden presented the Medal of Honor on Thursday to two soldiers who died saving others, and another soldier who still serves the nation.
President Biden said at the ceremony, “As today we pay tribute to three outstanding soldiers whose actions embody the highest ideals of selfless service, we also remember the high price our service members and their families hold. are prepared to pay on behalf of our nation. “
Staff Sergeant Earl Plumlee accepted the Medal of Honor from President Biden.
In Afghanistan in 2013, an enemy attack on a base blew up a 20-meter hole in the perimeter wall. The White House says Plumlee and others rushed towards the explosion and encountered ten attacking soldiers who were wearing suicide vests. Plumlee narrowly avoided the explosions of the vests and a grenade as he retaliated and helped bring another wounded soldier to safety.
Plumlee said: “I absolutely thought I was going to die that day.”
Plumlee was awarded the Medal of Honor alongside two soldiers who were honored posthumously, Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe and Sergeant First Class Christopher Celiz.
Plumlee said: “The only possible way I can think of, though, to rack up a little more prestige on the Medal of Honor is to receive it in the shadow of these two men. And, you know, I did. Do not insist on this point with so much humility when you read their two stories and then become part of their story, it is an incredible burden to carry.
On October 17, 2005, the White House said that First Class Sergeant Alwyn Cashe pulled six US soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter from a burning vehicle. Bullets were raining down from hostile forces, and Cashe’s fuel-soaked uniform caught fire as he pulled people to safety. Cashe made sure those he rescued received medical attention first despite the severe burns – injuries that later claimed his life.
Cashe’s sister Kasinal Cashe White said: “[H]This memory will always be with me. I just want his memory to be with everyone.
In July 2018, the White House said First Class Sergeant Christopher Celiz was deployed to Afghanistan where his team was under attack. A helicopter was called in to airlift a seriously injured person. Hostile forces then attacked the helicopter, so Celiz used his body as a human shield to protect the evacuation team… then told the pilot to take off without him to retaliate. Celiz was shot down by hostile forces when the helicopter took off, but his actions saved the wounded and averted further casualties.
Celiz’s widow Katie Celiz said: “Chris’ story and how he decided to leave the helicopter, I was not surprised that he chose to do so. Still a little angry with him for deciding to do this, but I understood why he felt the need to do it. Chris really believed in it. Being there for his men, protecting his men was all Chris believed doing good was number one.
The Medal of Honor awarded to an exclusive group of just over 35 hundred soldiers who have received it in the history of the country.
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