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delta447 21 September 2018 19:55

3rd SFG(A) Medic to be awarded the Medal of Honor
 
WASHINGTON -- A former medic with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) that heroically fought his way up a mountain to render aid to his Special Forces teammates and their Afghan commando counterparts will receive the Medal of Honor.

The White House announced today that former Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II went above and beyond the call of duty April 6, 2008, while assigned to Special Operations Task Force -- 33 in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He will receive the highest military award for valor at a White House ceremony, Oct. 1.

In April 2008, Shurer was assigned to support Special Forces operators working to take out high-value targets of the Hezeb Islami al Gulbadin in Shok Valley.

As the team navigated through the valley, a firefight quickly erupted, and a series of insurgent sniper fire, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms and machine gun fire forced the unit into a defensive fighting position.

Around that time, Shurer received word that their forward assault element was also pinned down at another location, and the forward team had sustained multiple casualties.

With disregard for his safety, Shurer moved quickly through a hail of bullets toward the base of the mountain to reach the pinned-down forward element. While on the move, Shurer stopped to treat a wounded teammate's neck injury caused by shrapnel from a recent RPG blast.

After providing aid, Shurer spent the next hour fighting across several hundred meters and killing multiple insurgents. Eventually, Shurer arrived to support the pinned down element and immediately rendered aid to four critically wounded U.S. units and 10 injured commandos until teammates arrived.

Soon after their arrival, Shurer and his team sergeant were shot at the same time. The medic ran 15 meters through a barrage of gunfire to help his sergeant. Despite a bullet hitting his helmet and a gunshot wound to his arm, Shurer pulled his teammate to cover and rendered care.

Moments later, Shurer moved back through heavy gunfire to help sustain another teammate that suffered a traumatic amputation to his right leg.

For the next several hours, Shurer helped keep the large insurgent force at bay while simultaneously providing care to his wounded teammates. Shurer's actions helped save the lives of all wounded casualties under his care.

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.

Further, Shurer found a run of nylon webbing and used it to lower casualties while he physically shielded them from falling debris.

Shurer's Medal of Honor was upgraded from a Silver Star upon review.

https://www.army.mil/article/210977

Dangerous 21 September 2018 20:26

Fantastic!

Mars 21 September 2018 22:24

Job well done, Warrior!

Joe30045 21 September 2018 22:43

DOL!

crapstash 21 September 2018 23:42

Damn. Amazing.

usmc_3m 23 September 2018 16:03

BZ SSG Shurer. Total stud.

SF_BHT 23 September 2018 16:12

Well done Brother.....

ussfpa 23 September 2018 16:34

Nice to see someone smart enough to say "SS?!? Are you F'ing kidding me!?! Let's re-look this man's deeds."

Well done Soldier -

WGH0922 23 September 2018 18:22

Well done, congratulations Doc.

The Fat Guy 23 September 2018 18:45

Fearless Men...... DOL Brother.

8654maine 23 September 2018 19:14

BZ!

Godzilla 23 September 2018 19:25

Outstanding!

Justaclerk 1 October 2018 18:53

Just saw the extended CBS news segment. Warrior SSG Shurer is fighting another battle.

Fuck cancer.

Link here.

hawkdrver 1 October 2018 23:35

That's what bad ass looks like.

PV74RU78 2 October 2018 12:24

Well done.

57Medic 11 October 2018 12:24

Bravo Zulu Doc! Best of luck in your newest battle.

hawkdrver 11 October 2018 14:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by Justaclerk (Post 1058752501)
Just saw the extended CBS news segment. Warrior SSG Shurer is fighting another battle.

Fuck cancer.

Link here.

I didn't realize until I played that video that I actually watched this engagement while it was going down. We had a 2 ship of HH-60s prepo'd to Jbad for PR/CASEVAC support and were watching the pred feed in the TOC.

Talking to a couple of guys after the fact, we agreed the mission planning imagery really did not do a good job of showing just how extreme the terrain was in that valley. The whole village was built on top of these couple hundred foot high vertical cliffs as you can kind of see in the CBS video. How they got the building materials up there I have no idea. I just drive the bus but I remember very distinctly thinking, that does not look a good place to own the low ground.

Definitely a no shitter. Very surprised but relieved when we heard all the guys made it out.

gavin 11 October 2018 15:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by hawkdrver (Post 1058754736)
...we agreed the mission planning imagery really did not do a good job of showing just how extreme the terrain was in that valley.

Pretty applies to, say, the whole war in AF. I was actually told by JOC monkeys on more than one occasion, after barely getting out alive, that "the Pred feed just didn't seem like it was that bad down there."

hawkdrver 11 October 2018 15:06

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Originally Posted by gavin (Post 1058754738)
Pretty applies to, say, the whole war in AF. I was actually told by JOC monkeys on more than one occasion, after barely getting out alive, that "the Pred feed just didn't seem like it was that bad down there."

That is pretty much word for word what the guys said the next day. If I remember right, it was also a daylight infil.


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