President Joe Biden fumbled over his words while presenting the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award for valor in combat, to three men Thursday.
The three men receiving the Medal of Honor were Master Sgt. Earl Plumlee, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, and Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe, according to a report.
Celiz and Cashe received the country's highest decoration posthumously, but mistakes in Biden's presentation were evident when the narrator declared that Plumlee had also been killed.
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"Attention to orders!" the narrator commanded. "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 Sergeant Earl D. Plumlee, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty."
A very much alive Plumlee stood stoic next to the president, who had to raise his head up at the start of the narration.
A Special Forces soldier, Plumlee was recognized for his actions in 2013, when he fought off Taliban insurgents following an attack.
He jumped into action when at least 10 insurgents adorned in Afghan National Army uniforms and suicide vests attacked a perimeter wall, according to a report.
Plumlee engaged the insurgents with just a pistol, killed two, and delivered a wounded soldier to safety.
Biden fumbled over his words while introducing key military officials.
"The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the sec — the secretary of the — of the — sec — Secretary Austin, the enlisted adviser, Chairman Colon-Lopez, and leaders of the United States Army, and the Vice President of the United States and the Second Gentleman, and I'm Jill's husband, Jill is here," he said slowly.
Cashe was awarded the medal for his actions in 2015, when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle came under attack from a roadside bomb and small arms fire.
Cashe returned to the vehicle, enduring serious burns to pull six soldiers from the burning wreckage, according to the report.
Cashe later died, and the Medal of Honor was accepted by Tamara Cashe.
However, Biden appeared to forget the departed soldier's name and referred to him as "Chase."
"Now, it's my great honor to ask for the citations to be read and award the Medal of Honor Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn' Chase.'" the president said.
Cashe is reportedly the first Black serviceman to be awarded the Medal of Honor for military action since the Vietnam War.
Celiz was awarded the decoration in recognition of the sacrifice he made so that others may live.
While clearing out enemy forces in Afghanistan in 2018, the team he was leading came under fire, and Celiz used his own body as a shield to protect his wounded brothers so that they may be loaded onto a hospital for evacuation, according to a report.
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Shot and bleeding, Celiz stayed on the ground and waved the helicopter off so that it could leave without taking more fire during the time it would take him to get on.