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Vet's ride reaches NYC destination

Posted June 14

— Harry Conner finished his East Coast trek from Florida to New York City with a visit to the national 9/11 Memorial this week.

Conner, a veteran of the U.S. Army, set out on the ride this spring with very little training and almost no support, but with the inspiration of the sacrifice made by a fellow soldier.

When he learned the story of Sgt. First Class Alwyn Cashe, Conner became convinced that the man deserves the Medal of Honor and plans to use his personal effort to draw attention to that cause.

He left Cashe's final resting place in Florida in mid-May and pedaled all the way to New York City, detailing his progress on a Facebook page.

Cashe sacrificed life for peers

Cashe was serving in Iraq in 2005 when his vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. Fuel spread flames everywhere.

“Yet he went back to a burning vehicle,” Conner said. 

Cashe saved fellow soldiers, pulling them from the fire. With each trip, Cashe himself was burned over and over. He later died from his injuries.

Cashe was awarded the Silver Star for Valor, but Conner thinks he deserves more. He and others have made the case for Cashe's Medal of Honor, but Conner says it remains tied up in bureaucracy.

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