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Medal of Honor for Former Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II

Monday, October 1, 2018

What is it?

Former Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II will receive the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military medal for valor in combat, at a White House Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Shurer, who served with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), in Shok Valley, Afghanistan, is receiving the Medal of Honor for his acts of valor on April 6, 2008.

Shurer risked his life and went above and beyond the call of duty, as the lone medic at a besieged location on the side of a mountain. He provided life-saving aid for more than five hours to wounded teammates while under intense enemy fire. Using some nylon webbing that he found, Shurer helped to evacuate three of his teammates down a near-vertical 60-foot cliff to the collection point for medical evacuation.

What has the Army done/is doing?

Former Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer will become the 11th living Army Soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan, and the 20th combat medic to receive this medal. The Silver Star, originally presented to Shurer for his actions in 2008, was reviewed for his heroism and upgraded to a Medal of Honor.

The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs has a Medal of Honor microsite to pay tribute to all the recipients. Visitors to Shurer’s mobile-friendly multimedia site can access his biography and read an account of Shurer’s heroism above and-beyond the call of duty.

The White House ceremony will be live streamed from the Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II microsite and live-tweeted from the @USArmy Twitter handle. In addition, exclusive content about Shurer will be published on the Army Facebook page.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

In addition to the ceremony at the White House, the deputy secretary of defense and Army senior leaders will recognize Shurer and his family during a Hall of Heroes induction ceremony at the Pentagon, scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Both the ceremonies will be live-streamed from his Medal of Honor website.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army’s greatest assets are the people- the finest men and women the nation has to offer. The Army’s commitment to the brave men and women does not stop when they transition from the Army uniform. The Army is proud to recognize Shurer’s professionalism, service and sacrifice in full view of a new generation.


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October 2018

Army Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Energy Action Month

Oct. 1: White House Medal of Honor Ceremony for Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II

Oct. 2: Pentagon Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony for #MedalofHonor Recipient Shurer

Oct. 8-10: AUSA Annual Meeting

Focus Quote for the Day

This award is not mine. This award wouldn’t exist without the team. If they weren’t doing their job, I wouldn’t have been able to do my job.

- Former Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II, exemplifies the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage, while referring to the Medal of Honor being presented to him on Oct. 1, 2018