Green Beret Medic Who Received Medal of Honor From Trump Says He's Battling Cancer
Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer II was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Trump during a ceremony at the White House.
Shurer was part of the Special Operations Task Force-33 during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on April 6, 2008 when his unit came under enemy fire from hundreds of well-trained and armed terrorists in Shok Valley.
As the only medic on the team, Shurer aided four critically wounded soldiers as he fought his way up a mountain. He helped evacuate his team from the area, "carrying and lowering the casualties down the mountainside, using his body to shield them from enemy fire and debris."
Trump noted that Shurer is currently with the U.S. Secret Service, saying it was a "proud and special day for those of us here in the White House because Ron works right here alongside us." Shurer serves as part of the counter-assault team that protects the commander-in-chief.
Yesterday, it was my great honor to present the Medal of Honor to Ronald J. Shurer II, for his actions on April 6, 2008, when he braved enemy fire to treat multiple injured Soldiers. Read more: https://t.co/Nrrcp2JJUL pic.twitter.com/A0KLHmIPZs
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2018
On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday, Shurer said it was an overwhelming experience to receive the nation's highest military honor, and it was particularly meaningful that he was able to share the moment with friends, family and teammates he served alongside.
"We’re definitely honored that we can continue to share the story of the team more and just how proud we all are of what we accomplished that day," Shurer said.
He said he risked his live to save his comrades because after months spent training together and deploying overseas, they were like family.
"It’s truly a brotherhood. And there’s nothing they wouldn’t have done for me, there's nothing I wouldn’t have done for them. It didn’t make sense not to do everything I did that day," Shurer said.
He revealed he's now facing a new enemy: lung cancer.
"It’s definitely the next battle, but we’re relying on all the skills we learned in the Army and just in life in general: relying on family, relying on friends, trying to come together," Shurer said.
"We’re just taking it one day at a time and one scan at a time and just keep moving forward.”