United States Army Special Forces staff sergeant, medic and Medal of Honor recipient, Ronald J. Shurer II passed away Thursday following a battle with cancer.
Shurer, 41, originally from Alaska, served as a Green Beret with the 3rd Special Forces Group and earned the Medal of Honor during a fire fight at the Battle of Shok Valley, Afghanistan, in April 2008, when his team came under attack by over 200 enemy combatants.
The team suffered multiple casualties and Shurer was the only medic on the mission, which consisted of several dozen American Special Forces soldiers and 100 Afghan commandos, according to U.S. President Donald J. Trump during the Medal of Honor recipient ceremony.
He treated many injured soldiers along the way as he pushed toward the front, where he stabilized four more soldiers, carried them, himself, using his body as a shield, to the base of the mountain, where he loaded them onto a helicopter for evacuation.
“For more than six hours, Ron bravely faced down the enemy,” President Trump said. “Not a single American died in that brutal battle thanks in great measure to Ron’s heroic actions.”
“He’s braved, battled, worked, he’s done everything he can, that cancer — he’s been fighting it every single day with courage and with strength, and he’s a warrior,” Trump said. “He’s the best dad and role model two boys could ever ask for.”
Trump said: “He’s the best dad and role model two boys could ever ask for.”
“Ron was the embodiment of the Special Forces soldier, a dedicated husband, and a loving father,” said 3rd Group commander Col. Nathan Prussian in a statement. “His heroic actions were an inspiration throughout the 3rd Special Forces Group, Special Forces Regiment and the U.S. Army. Our condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.”
Shurer was a graduate of Washington State University and was attending graduate coursework in pursuit of a master’s degree when the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 prompted him to enlist in the Army to serve his country.
“After seeing Sept. 11, and just seeing the war start to begin in Afghanistan, it just didn’t feel right to stay on the sidelines and not go out and try and play some small part in protecting America,” he said in the “Fox & Friends” interview.
Shurer left the military and maintained that strong desire to serve others and to make a difference. He received an honorable discharge in 2009 and joined the Secret Service a few months later, initially working in the Phoenix Field Office.
Upon moving to the Washington, D.C. area, Shurer became involved in helping to raise funds there and in Fayetteville, North Carolina, for the Special Forces Charitable Trust, a charity that offers sustainable support to the families of Green Berets.
“Anytime I reached out to him and asked if he could do something, he always said yes,” said the trust’s executive director David T. Guernsey, Jr. “He would be very happy to come.”
Staff Sgt Shurer leaves behind his wife, Miranda, and two children.
As a post from the U.S. Secret Service Twitter Page stated so eloquently, “your memory and legacy will live on forever. Rest In Peace.
We are saddened by the loss of Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer.
He was a Soldier, Medal of Honor Recipient, and an American Hero. He was inspired to serve his country by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. He will be remembered for his courage and humility. Our thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/rYHQBEoeTq
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 14, 2020