Army Green Beret Medic will be awarded Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan

Matt Saintsing
September 24, 2018 - 11:46 am

U.S. Navy photo by Oscar Sosa/Released

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A Special Forces medic who defied a barrage of enemy fire in Afghanistan ten years ago saving the lives of other wounded soldiers will receive the Medal of Honor. 

President Donald Trump will present Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Shurer the nation’s highest military award for valor at an Oct. 1 ceremony at the White House. Shurer, who served with 3rd Special Forces Group, will have his Silver Star upgraded for his actions on April 6, 2008. 

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He was assigned to Special Operations Task Force 33 when the group of elite soldiers was participating in operations to clear high-value targets in the Shok Valley. 

Enemy sniper, machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire rained down on the assault element, sustaining multiple casualties on the mountainside. Shurer “braved enemy fire” to treat a wounded soldier when RPG shrapnel struck his neck. 

He then spent the next hour fighting insurgents, killing many in the process, before providing aid to four injured American soldiers and ten wounded Afghan commandos. 

“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,” the White House said in a statement. 

After transporting all the wounded into a medevac helicopter, Shurer returned to the site of the fighting to re-engage the enemy, despite taking a bullet in his helmet and arm. 

“Sergeant Shurer rendered lifesaving aid to four critically wounded casualties for more than five and a half hours,” reads his Silver Star citation. “As the long medic at the besieged location, and almost overrun and fighting against nearly 200 insurgent fighters, Sergeant Shurer’s bravery and poise under fire saved the lives of all wounded casualties under his care."

He enlisted in the Army in 2002 and deployed to Afghanistan with a Joint Special Operations Task Force in November of 2007. Shurer received an honorable discharge in 2009 and is now a special agent in the Secret Service, where he continues to serve in the Special Operations Division. 

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

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