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Trump Awards Medal of Honor to Army Medic Vet Who ‘Didn’t Feel Right’ Staying on Sidelines Under Enemy Fire

Former Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II of Alaska, received the highest military honor for saving his fellow soldiers’ lives in the midst of heavy gunfire in Afghanistan in 2008.

President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to the former U.S. Army medic and Green Beret during a ceremony on Monday.

For more than six hours, Ron bravely faced down the enemy,” Trump said during Monday’s ceremony. “Not a single American died in that brutal battle thanks in great measure to Ron’s heroic actions.”

While working on the Special Operations Task Force-33 during Operation Enduring Freedom on April 6, 2008, Shurer’s team was under enemy fire by hundreds of terrorists.

Fighting their way up the mountain from Shok Valley, Shurer helped four U.S. units and wounded soldiers, while helping his team evacuate by “carrying and lowering the casualties down the mountainside, using his body to shield them from enemy fire and debris,” the military aide read in the citation.

During the fight, Shurer was also shot in the arm and helmet.

It was definitely a very overwhelming day,” Shurer told Fox News about the ceremony. “But it was definitely really meaningful to have all of our friends, our family, and especially all of our teammates from that day, who could come out and share in the experience.”

Shurer said that he and his teammates are proud of what they accomplished on that day.

Shurer shared that after seeing what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, and war beginning in Afghanistan, “It just didn’t feel right to stay on the sidelines and not go out and try to play some small part in protecting America and trying to make Afghanistan a little bit safer place.”

He was initially rejected from the military “due to a medical condition,” however, he reapplied and was accepted in 2002 to the U.S. Army.

Watch the ceremony below:

Trump also addressed that Shurer was diagnosed with cancer about a year and a half ago.

“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.

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  1. Sue

    October 4, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    This is why we stand and salute to honor men like this !!!!!!!!!

  2. Betty

    October 4, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Since Shurer fulfilled the greatest love by laying down his life for his friends, let him be rewarded with perfect health.

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