Joe Biden couldn’t have gotten it more wrong when handing out the Medal of Honor.
It’s crazy that this error happened in the White House.
Joe Biden made an unforgivable mistake against a brave soldier standing next to him.
On Thursday the Biden administration announced that Biden was “posthumously” awarding a Medal of Honor to a man who was alive and standing right beside President Joe Biden as the announcement was made.
“Attention to orders,” said Marine Lt. Col. William Kerrigan, military aide to Biden. “The president of the United States of America, authorized by act of Congress March 3, 1863, has posthumously awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Earl D. Plumlee, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty.”
As the announcement was read Biden placed the medal around the neck of Plumlee.
It’s not clear where the mistake originated and whether Kerrigan read the citation incorrectly or if the error was included in the document itself.
In his remarks, Biden said Plumlee’s honor “has been too long in coming” and vowed “no one will ever forget how you sprang into action when the enemy attacked our base.”
Plumlee was awarded the Medal of Honor with Army Sgt. First Class Alwyn Cashe and Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Celiz who both received the honor posthumously.
He was awarded America’s highest military honor for his bravery in helping to fight off Taliban suicide bombers in 2013.
“While deployed to Afghanistan, then-Staff Sergeant Plumlee instantly responded to a complex enemy attack that began with a massive explosion that tore a sixty-foot breach in the base’s perimeter wall,” the White House press release explained. “Ten insurgents wearing Afghan National Army uniforms and suicide vests poured through the breach.”
Then Plumlee and five Special Operations members confronted the insurgents in order to defend the base.
“Without cover and with complete disregard for his own safety, he advanced on the superior enemy force engaging multiple insurgents with only his pistol. Upon reaching cover, he killed two insurgents, one with a well-placed grenade and the other by detonating the insurgent’s suicide vest using precision sniper fire. Again disregarding his own safety, he left cover and advanced alone against the superior enemy force engaging several combatants at close range, including an insurgent whose suicide vest exploded a mere seven meters from his position,” the press release continued.
He then joined a small group of American and Polish soldiers, who mounted a counter-attack on the infiltrators.
When an insurgent detonated his suicide vest, “Plumlee, with complete disregard for his own safety, ran to the wounded Soldier, carried him to safety, and rendered first aid. He then organized three Polish Soldiers for defense, methodically cleared the area, remained in a security posture, and continued to scan for any remaining threats.”
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