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Medal of Honor

  • President Joe Biden has presented the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award for valor in combat, to three soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Two were recognized posthumously. Master Sgt. Earl Plumlee is a Special Forces soldier who fought off Taliban insurgents after an attack in Afghanistan in 2013. Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz was an Army Ranger who died after stepping between Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and a U.S. helicopter evacuating wounded in 2018. Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe died as a result of burns he suffered while rescuing fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle in Iraq in 2005
  • President Joe Biden will award the Medal of Honor next week to three U.S. soldiers who fought in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The soldiers are Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, an Army Ranger who died after stepping between Taliban fighters and a U.S. helicopter evacuating wounded in 2018; Master Sgt. Earl Plumlee, a Special Forces soldier who fought off insurgents in Afghanistan in 2013; and Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe, 35, who suffered fatal injuries in Iraq while rescuing fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle in 2005. The three will be recognized at a White House ceremony on Dec. 16.