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Biden Awards, Medal of Honor to 3 soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. On December 16, President Joe Biden awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest decoration in the United States military, to three soldiers in the military. . On December 16, President Joe Biden awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest decoration in the United States military, to three soldiers in the military. . CNN reports that two of the soldiers were awarded the medal posthumously. While serving in Iraq, Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe removed several soldiers and an interpreter from a burning vehicle hit by an improvised explosive device. . In 2005, Cashe died of his injuries. . Cashe became the seventh soldier who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom to receive the Medal of Honor. He is also the first African American to receive this honor since the Vietnam War, which ended in 1975.. Army Sergeant First Class Christopher Celiz died of injuries he received while loading injured people into a medevac helicopter. . CNN reports that under enemy fire in Afghanistan in 2018, Celiz waved the helicopter away, telling them to leave without him. . Today we add his name to the leading vanguard of American warriors who generation after generation have served our nation, President Joe Biden, Medal of Honor ceremony, via CNN. Today we add his name to the leading vanguard of American warriors who generation after generation have served our nation, President Joe Biden, Medal of Honor ceremony, via CNN. Army Staff Sergeant Earl D. Plumlee, the only living recipient, received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions in Afghanistan in 2013.