Shurer braved enemy fire to treat an injured soldier. Photo Credit: Courtesy photo from Ronald J. The battle that took place on April 6, 2008 was one of the most intense firefights in northeastern Afghanistan. After stabilizing the Soldier, he fought his way across a barrage of bullets and up the mountain to the lead element. Ronald Shurer for helping save several comrades during an intense firefight in Afghanistan in 2008. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor On Monday, October 1, 2018, President Donald J. Shurer's actions helped save the lives of the casualties that day, according to the Army.
Shurer then moved back through heavy gunfire to help aid another soldier who lost his right leg. Around that time, Shurer received word that their forward assault element was also pinned down at another location, and the forward team had suffered multiple casualties. He originally received a Silver Star, which today is upgraded to the Medal of Honor. As the only medic on the team, Shurer aided four critically wounded soldiers as he fought his way up a mountain. The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. Reaching the base of the mountain, Staff Sergeant Shurer set up a casualty collection point and continued to treat the wounded. During a partnered combat patrol with Afghan commandos, the team came under intense enemy fire from more than 200 enemy fighters, equipped with machine guns, sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
On April 6, 2008 in Shok Valley, Afghanistan, U. Then-Staff Sergeant Shurer and his team were engaged by enemy machine gun, sniper, and rocket-propelled grenade fire. As the assault element moved up a near vertical mountain toward its objective, it was engaged by fierce enemy machine gun, sniper, and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Shurer, then a senior medical sergeant with Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, within Special Operations Task Force-33, had been to Afghanistan's Shok Valley in Nuristan province. Videos: Outlasting the Enemy in Shok Valley, National Geographic, July 8, 2016.
With the arrival of the medical evacuation helicopter, Staff Sergeant Shurer, again under enemy fire, helped load the wounded into the helicopter. Battle of Shok Valley Shurer on his 2006 deployment to Afghanistan. The team suffered several casualties from the onslaught of incoming fire as they were pinned down on the mountainside. Shurer managed to evacuate the wounded soldiers down a near-vertical 60-foot cliff under fire while shielding them from falling debris, the commendation states. 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 support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A review of a book detailing the battle of Shok Valley.
The guys trusted me to help them, and I was going to do everything I could not to let them down. He continued to lead his troops and emplace security elements until it was time to move to the evacuation landing zone for the helicopter. The White House announced Friday the President would recognize Ronald J. Shurer, now a Secret Service agent in Washington, is suffering from lung cancer. His heroics in Afghanistan took place when he had just a month left on that deployment, his second to the country. The White House announcement Friday night was unequivocal: Shurer's actions had saved the lives of his teammates. Despite a bullet hitting his helmet and a gunshot wound to his arm, Shurer pulled his sergeant to cover and rendered care.
In January 2004, he entered Special Forces selection and reported to the Special Forces Qualification Course in June. Shurer ingeniously used a run of nylon webbing to lower casualties while he physically shielded them from falling debris to ensure their safety. While moving down the mountain, Staff Sergeant Shurer used his own body to shield the wounded from enemy fire and debris caused by danger-close air strikes. Chapman was the first airman to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. President Trump awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to Army medic Staff Sgt. After loading the wounded onto a helicopter, Shurer assumed command of his special forces team and headed back into the gun fight.
Ronald Shurer was awarded the Medal of Honor. On the way, he killed several insurgents from the enemy team. A senior medical sergeant, Shurer sprinted through enemy fire to treat one downed soldier, then dodged more bullets to catch up with members of his unit closest to the fighting. Shurer loaded the wounded soldiers onto the helicopter, took command of his squad and headed back to the fight. After treating the Soldier, Staff Sergeant Shurer began to evacuate the wounded; carrying and lowering them down the sheer mountainside. Medical Start Starting in his military career, Shurer was trained as an Army medic and qualified for the Special Forces. More than 3,520 have been awarded to those serving in the Armed Forces since the Civil War.
As the assault element moved up a near vertical mountain toward its objective, it was engaged by fierce enemy machine gun, sniper, and rocket -propelled grenade fire. This will be the 2nd Medal of Honor for 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group. Shurer noticed a fellow injured soldier and immediately sprinted through enemy fire to treat the downed soldier. Soldiers and 10 injured Afghan commandos until teammates arrived. Map depicting the Operation Commando Wrath insertion point in Shok Valley, April 6, 2008. At one point, he was hit in the helmet by a bullet and shaken up, but not wounded. From November 2007 to May 2008, he was deployed with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force to pursue Operation Enduring Freedom.
He continued to lead his troops and emplace security elements until it was time to move to the evacuation landing zone for the helicopter. Citation Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Ronald J. Further, Shurer found a run of nylon webbing and used it to lower casualties while he physically shielded them from falling debris. Evacuation Shurer also helped evacuate three critically wounded, non-ambulatory teammates down a near-vertical, 60-foot cliff — all while avoiding rounds of enemy gunfire and falling debris caused by numerous air strikes.