Academic journal article Military Review

Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Shurer II

Academic journal article Military Review

Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Shurer II

Article excerpt

President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to former Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer on 1 October 2018 at the White House in Washington, D.C. The award was an upgrade from the Silver Star that Shurer previously received for his actions on 6 April 2008 while serving as a medical sergeant in Shok Valley, Afghanistan, during Operation Commando Wrath.

While on a mission to capture or kill high-value targets associated with Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, an anticoalition extremist group, Shurer's unit began receiving heavy fire, forcing it into a defensive posture. When he heard that the unit's forward assault element was pinned down and taking casualties, Shurer disregarded the enemy fire and moved quickly to reach the forward element.

For over six hours, he rendered medical aid to wounded U.S. and Afghan soldiers while helping keep the large insurgent force from overrunning friendly positions. In the process, he exposed himself repeatedly to enemy fire and was shot in the helmet and wounded in the arm. …

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