Late Soldier’s Sister Reflects on Her Brother Earning Medal of Honor

by Hannah Heser
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An Army Seargent has finally earned his Medal of Honor. Seargent Alwyn Cashe’s sister Kasinal Cashe White reflects on her brother’s long-time achievement and she is so proud of him.

In honor of this award, she thanks the Lord for standing with her family throughout this journey.

“I was like okay, thank you, Lord, this is finally here,” his sister said to Fox News.

President Biden awarded her brother the military distinction. He is also the first black Army Seargent to be recognized with the honor for his fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cashe’s Journey Through the Army to Winning His Medal of Honor

According to Fox News, Cashe was deployed to Iraq in October of 2005. While serving overseas, Cashe was one of several soldiers caught in an explosion by an improvised explosive device. As a result, Cashe experienced severe burns on his body. But the soldier fought through the pain to save his fellow soldiers. He helped rescue several people injured by the blast, earning both a Silver Star medal and people’s respect.

He became a hero and inspiration to many. Sadly, Cashe passed away from his injuries a few weeks later after his heroic feat. Since then, his sister and others have petitioned to upgrade his medal to the highest honor of the military. His sister became his biggest champion.

“I’ve been a spokesperson for it, written letters and called people and just did everything I could, jumped through whatever hoops, to get his award upgraded,” White told the outlet. His sister believes Cashe gave the Army a large part of himself.

In Memory of a Hardworking Service Member

Additionally, he loved the outdoors and serving his country.

“He went everywhere and did everything,” White said. “He jumped out of planes… anything that the Army could allow him to do, he did. He chose infantry because he was an outdoorsy person, and he really loved it.” 

Cashe’s Medal of Honor proves his legacy will endure. But White will always remember one of the final conversations she had with her brother. He asked about his fellow brothers in arms. They were his “boys.”

“It means his name will go down in history,” White said. “His legacy will live forever, beyond anything I, or he, could have imagined.”

Cashe made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. It’s something White knows her brother would have chosen time and time again. She remembers him being a leader in the Army and passionate about his job. Through his deeds, Cashe will continue to live on and to inspire others for years and decades to come.