Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer gets the Medal of Honor

| September 23, 2018


An Army Special Forces soldier will receive the Medal of Honor for fighting through an enemy ambush and saving his teammates’ lives 10 years ago in Afghanistan, the White House announced Friday.

Former Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer II, who had already received a Silver Star for his actions, will be honored with the nation’s highest award for valor by President Donald Trump during an Oct. 1 ceremony at the White House.

Shurer served as a Special Forces medic with 3rd Special Forces Group.

On April 6, 2008, Shurer and his team were assigned to take out high-value targets of the Hezeb Islami al Gulbadin in Shok Valley, according to the Army.

As the soldiers moved through the valley, they were attacked by enemy machine gun, sniper and rocket-propelled grenade fire, according to the White House.


Category: Military issues, Terror War

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    In January 2016, the Pentagon ordered the services to conduct a sweeping review of valor medals awarded since the 9/11 terror attacks and directed service leaders to determine whether individual military members were shortchanged in the medals they received.

    I would hope this process is tightly controlled; if not, it could turn into a “Which Branch can upgrade the most awards” competition.

    That being said, Bravo Zulu, SSgt. Shurer.

    • Dave Hardin says:

      Shurer probably thinks the same thing. These awards take on a life of their own. Never met a MOH recipient that thought he deserved one.

      • rgr1480 says:

        ..Never met a MOH recipient that thought he deserved one.

        I did. SFC Bondsteel told me all about his medal and what he did. I was sent to the base gym one day while in casual status awaiting OCS; SFC Bondsteel was the gym manager — he just took it on himself to tell me he had the MoH, then told me every last detail of his actions (13 bunkers destroyed, if I recall).

        Thought he was pulling my chain, but when I got back to the barracks, the senior drill told me it was true.

        • AW1Ed says:

          War History Online Link

          Pfft, it was only 10 bunkers.

          Do I need the /sarc tag? Hope not. His juevos needed their own reflective belts.

          For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Bondsteel distinguished himself while serving as a platoon sergeant with Company A, near the village of Lang Sau. Company A was directed to assist a friendly unit which was endangered by intense fire from a North Vietnamese Battalion located in a heavily fortified base camp. S/Sgt. Bondsteel quickly organized the men of his platoon into effective combat teams and spearheaded the attack by destroying 4 enemy occupied bunkers. He then raced some 200 meters under heavy enemy fire to reach an adjoining platoon which had begun to falter. After rallying this unit and assisting their wounded, S/Sgt. Bondsteel returned to his own sector with critically needed munitions. Without pausing he moved to the forefront and destroyed 4 enemy occupied bunkers and a machine gun which had threatened his advancing platoon. Although painfully wounded by an enemy grenade, S/Sgt. Bondsteel refused medical attention and continued his assault by neutralizing 2 more enemy bunkers nearby. While searching one of these emplacements S/Sgt. Bondsteel narrowly escaped death when an enemy soldier detonated a grenade at close range. Shortly thereafter, he ran to the aid of a severely wounded officer and struck down an enemy soldier who was threatening the officer’s life. S/Sgt. Bondsteel then continued to rally his men and led them through the entrenched enemy until his company was relieved. His exemplary leadership and great personal courage throughout the 4-hour battle ensured the success of his own and nearby units, and resulted in the saving of numerous lives of his fellow soldiers. By individual acts of bravery he destroyed 10 enemy bunkers and accounted for a large toll of the enemy, including 2 key enemy commanders. His extraordinary heroism at the risk of his life was in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

  2. Sparks says:

    Well done SSG. Damned well done indeed.

  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    I certainly would want to know that he DOES live in my neighborhood.

    Well done, SSGT Shurer.

    More, please.

  4. Mason says:

    10 years? Our awards system is so messed up. They’ve turned the MoH process into something akin to the Catholic Church’s canonization process.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Agree, we all see the need for due diligence, but the process does seem to drag on more than it should.

      At least in this case his Silver Star was upgraded after a review starting two years ago.

      In that context the time frame isn’t quite so bad.

      • 5th/77thFA says:

        Unless this narrative is the updated model, you’d thought SSG Shurer would of been awarded the MoH initially. Read like true War Hero Action to me. Bravo Zulu. He musta been too busy kicking ass and saving lives to take down any names. Is there a special SS Detail to push the wheel barrow that he carries his brass ones in?

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          There are folks who will say:

          We -expect- heroics from (group X). They don’t get medals for doing their job.

          That seems wrong.

  5. Garold says:

    So few receive such recognition while alive.

    That is amazing in and of itself.

    • HMC Ret says:

      Spot on, Garold.

      Re this warrior, he got a two step up. Reading the citation I have no idea how his heroics warranted ‘only’ a Silver Star. I believe a higher award would have been warranted initially while the review process was undertaken for possible upgrade to Medal of Honor.

      I am genuinely humbled by men and women such as this.

      I completely understand the awarding of the Silver Star and Service Crosses initially. This is to quickly acknowledge a warrior’s heroics while a more-thorough review can be initiated for a possible upgrade.

  6. Ken.T. says:

    Great to see that recognition is being give where it is due. Hold you head up high Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer. You deserve it.

  7. 100E says:

    Congratulations to the new MOH recipient.
    My comment doesn’t deal with this man’s heroism, but the constant misuse of the name of the award.
    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR! It’s the Medal of Honor. We shouldn’t f it up by getting the name wrong, just because TV and Hollywood do it constantly.

    • HMC Ret says:

      I live in a major military town. Two things they consistently get wrong re the Medal of Honor.

      First, they refer to it as the CONGRESSIONAL Medal of Honor, which I believe to be incorrect.

      Secondly, they refer to the recipient as ‘winning’ or ‘won’ the Medal of Honor. I routinely correct them, often with a letter to the editor, but they ain’t reele smarte.