Biden awards Medal of Honor to 3 U.S. soldiers
President Biden on Thursday awarded the Medal of Honor to three U.S. soldiers, including Sgt. First Class Alwyn C. Cashe, the first Black recipient of the award for actions since 9/11.
- The medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who went "above and beyond the call of duty" in protecting the United States.
Details: Cashe received the medal posthumously for rescuing his teammates from a vehicle engulfed in flames during a 2005 attack in Iraq.
- Celiz, an Army Ranger, received the award for voluntarily exposing himself to Taliban fire in Afghanistan in 2018 in order to employ a heavy weapon system that would disrupt future attacks on Afghans. He died from his wounds that day.
- Plumlee, a Green Beret, was honored for his actions in Afghanistan in 2013.
What they're saying: "Each of you know what it is to stare down danger and summon strength in the face of a moment of trial," Biden said during the White House ceremony.
- "We're grateful for all that you three have done."