Special Forces Combat Medic To Be Awarded The Medal Of Honor

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A Special Forces combat medic who braved gunfire in Afghanistan to save downed soldiers will receive the Medal of Honor after a review of his heroism prompted the Pentagon to recommend that his Silver Star be upgraded.

On Oct. 1, President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor, to Ronald J. Shurer. In April 2008 in Afghanistan's Skok Valley, Shurer, a senior medical sergeant, and his team of commandos were attacked by an enemy force of more than 200 fighters with snipers, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Shurer sprinted through enemy fire to treat one downed soldier, then faced more bullets to catch up with the portion of his unit closest to the fight. He fought for more than an hour to reach the group, killing several insurgents along the way, according to his commendation for the Silver Star.

Once there, he treated four more critically wounded soldiers and moved through gunfire to treat others. Shurer managed to evacuate the wounded soldiers down an almost vertical 60-foot cliff under fire while shielding them from falling debris, the commendation states.

Shurer loaded the wounded soldiers onto the helicopter, took command of his squad and headed back to the fight. His actions saved the lives of his teammates, according to the White House statement.

He was honorably discharged in 2009, joined the Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team and was assigned to its Special Operations Division in 2014. He lives in Burke, Virginia, with his wife Miranda and sons Cameron, 10, and Tyler, 7.

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A Special Forces combat medic who braved gunfire in Afghanistan to save downed soldiers will receive the Medal of Honor after a review of his heroism prompted the Pentagon to recommend that his Silver Star be upgraded.

On Oct. 1, President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor, to Ronald J. Shurer. In April 2008 in Afghanistan's Skok Valley, Shurer, a senior medical sergeant, and his team of commandos were attacked by an enemy force of more than 200 fighters with snipers, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Shurer sprinted through enemy fire to treat one downed soldier, then faced more bullets to catch up with the portion of his unit closest to the fight. He fought for more than an hour to reach the group, killing several insurgents along the way, according to his commendation for the Silver Star.

Once there, he treated four more critically wounded soldiers and moved through gunfire to treat others. Shurer managed to evacuate the wounded soldiers down an almost vertical 60-foot cliff under fire while shielding them from falling debris, the commendation states.

Shurer loaded the wounded soldiers onto the helicopter, took command of his squad and headed back to the fight. His actions saved the lives of his teammates, according to the White House statement.

He was honorably discharged in 2009, joined the Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team and was assigned to its Special Operations Division in 2014. He lives in Burke, Virginia, with his wife Miranda and sons Cameron, 10, and Tyler, 7.

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Absolutely humbles me when I read what some of these guys are not only willing to do, but capable of.

Shurer managed to evacuate the wounded soldiers down an almost vertical 60-foot cliff under fire while shielding them from falling debris, the commendation states.
 

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It makes me happy and proud that an Special Agent of the U.S. Secret Service and a former Green Beret receives the Medal of Honor.

William Albrecht a former Agent of the U.S. Secret Service who served also with the Counter Assault Team and served with 5th Special Forces in Vietnam is the recipient of 3 Silver Stars, 5 Bronze Stars, 3 Purple Hearts and several other awards for distinctive military service.
 
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