Sergeant Gary Mills was on fire.
He was trapped inside a burning vehicle, with hands burned so badly that he couldn’t open the door. Surely he and his fellow soldiers would die there.
But then the door opened, and a hand reached in and pulled Mills to safety. That hand belonged to Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe.
Now Brig. Gen. Gary Brito is fighting to see that Cashe is awarded the Medal of Honor.
In 2005, Cashe was there when a roadside bomb ruptured the Army vehicle’s fuel tank. Six soldiers were trapped inside as the vehicle burned, one of them Sgt. Mills. Cashe’s uniform was soaked in fuel, and there was enemy small arms fire to contend with. But Cashe went into the flames anyway, over and over again, even as his own uniform caught fire and he suffered second- and third-degree burns.
Eventually all six soldiers had been…
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