Medal of Honor for Three Army Soldiers

Thursday, December 16, 2021

What is it?

Three United States Army Soldiers are being awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, by President Joe Biden, during a White House ceremony today at 1:30 p.m. EST.

Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom on Oct. 17, 2005.

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher A. Celiz will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor for his actions in Paktia Province, on July 12, 2018, during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Master Sgt. Earl D. Plumlee will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during Operation Enduring Freedom in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 28, 2013.

The extraordinary heroism and selflessness of the three Soldiers going beyond the call of duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service. Their actions reflect great credit upon themselves, their units and the U.S. Army.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The Office of the Chief of Public affairs has created Medal of Honor microsites to pay tribute to the acts of valor of Cashe, Celiz and Plumlee. The viewers can access the biographies and citations about the recipients’ heroism above and beyond the call of duty.

The White House ceremony livestream will be accessible on the Cashe, Celiz and Plumlee microsites.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

In addition to the White House ceremony, DOD and Army senior leaders will recognize the three Medal of Honor recipients during a Hall of Heroes induction ceremony at Conmy Hall, Fort Myer, Virginia at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17. The Hall of Heroes livestream will be available at the Cashe, Celiz and Plumlee microsites.

The Army is proud of the bravery of its force and will continue to recognize the dedication to duty, service and personal courage.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army’s greatest assets are the people — the finest men and women the nation has to offer. The Army’s commitment to the brave men and women does not stop when they transition from the Army uniform.

The Army is proud to recognize the three recipients’ professionalism, service and sacrifice in full view of a new generation. Their actions stand as a testament to those who put everything on the line to accomplish the mission, defeat the enemy and ensure the safety of everyone on the battlefield, at any cost.

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Events

December 2021

Dec. 16: Medals of Honor to be awarded to Sergeant First Class Alwyn C. Cashe, Sergeant First Class Christopher A. Celiz, and Master Sergeant Earl D. Plumlee

Dec. 16 — Jan. 25: Battle of the Bulge