Green Beret Medic to receive Medal of Honor

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Green Beret Medic to receive Medal of Honor

From Navy Times:

An Army Special Forces soldier will receive the Medal of Honor for fighting through an enemy ambush and saving his teammates' lives 10 years ago in Afghanistan, the White House announced Friday.

Former Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer II, who had already received a Silver Star for his actions, will be honored with the nation’s highest award for valor by President Donald Trump during an Oct. 1 ceremony at the White House.

Shurer served as a Special Forces medic with 3rd Special Forces Group.

On April 6, 2008, Shurer and his team were assigned to take out high-value targets of the Hezeb Islami al Gulbadin in Shok Valley, according to the Army.

From the White House release announcing the award:

President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor

On Monday, October 1, 2018, President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Ronald J. Shurer II, for conspicuous gallantry for actions he took in 2008 as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army.

Ronald J. Shurer will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions on April 6, 2008, while serving as a Senior Medical Sergeant, Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, Special Operations Task Force-33, in su...pport of Operation Enduring Freedom. Then-Staff Sergeant Shurer and his team were engaged by enemy machine gun, sniper, and rocket-propelled grenade fire. The lead portion of the assault element sustained several casualties and became pinned down on the mountainside. Then-Staff Sergeant Shurer braved enemy fire to treat an injured Soldier. After stabilizing the Soldier, he fought his way across a barrage of bullets and up the mountain to the lead element. Once there, he treated and stabilized four more Soldiers. After treating the wounded, then-Staff Sergeant Shurer began evacuating them, carrying and lowering the casualties down the mountainside, using his body to shield them from enemy fire and debris. After he loaded the wounded in the evacuation helicopter, he retook control of his commando squad and rejoined the fight. Then-Staff Sergeant Shurer’s heroic actions saved the lives of his teammates.

 More on Shurer:

He went on to serve with the Secret Service, working as a special agent assigned to the Phoenix Field Office before being selected for the agency’s Counter Assault Team and assigned to its Special Operations Division.

He lives in Burke, Virginia, with his wife and two sons.

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it shouldn't have taken 10 years for this man to receive this honor. I blame the high ranking officers who didn't recommend him is the first place. my congratulations to sgt. shurer.

Our country owes a debt of gratitude to Staff Sgt Shurer. Most gratifying about this story, especially for his family and fellow service members, is that he is not receiving this award posthumously. That most certainly could have certainly been the case given his willingness to put himself in harm's way to save wounded comrades. Great story, great outcome.

Politics have no place on the battlefield, leave them out the guy performed far above the call of duty and should be commended for his actions. Leave Trump and Obama out of the equation.

This courageous soldier is a prime example of what it is to be a member of the Special Forces. He used his own body to protect his team members. There is NO good reason why this award to take 10 years.

Explain to me when in our history that the military wasn’t connected to politics.

These guys are heroes. Can't we honor them without squabbling or making cutting remarks?

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