President Donald Trump awards Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer | ABC News
President Donald Trump awards Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer | ABC News States accompanied by Medal of Honor recipient staff, sergeant Ronald J, sure II, United States Army. Let us pray, God of all Mercy. We asked for both your presence and your peace for all those gathered hear this day. We give you thanks for this celebration for this Redemption. For this day to reflect on what you provide and what we need Ferrari mind for reminding us of the Dignity of Life of service, of sacrifice in a true heroism, Inspire us Lord, to hold fiercely to your gifts of Hope, Grace and passion. Maybe ask the heroic acts of Staff Sergeant Ronald sure, move us all to Greater acts of goodness of love to serve. Our soldiers are fat, please our nation and our world, for it is before you that we humbly asked these things and greatly gratefully Say Amen. Thank you very much, please. I thank you Jacqueline Hurley, thank you to vice president Mike Pence for joining us for today ceremony today. It’S my privilege to award the Congressional Medal of Honor to an army Special Forces medic, who now serves in the United States Secret Service. Please join me in welcoming step Sergeant, Ronald sure, Ronald. Thank you. Thank you I’ll. Where was that popular I’ll tell you today is a truly proud and special day for those of us here in the white house, because Ron works right here, alongside of us on the secret service, counter assault team, incredible people. Several weeks ago, my staff has Ron and his wife Miranda thank you Miranda to a meeting in the West Wing. They didn’t know what it was about. They walked into the Oval Office and I told Ron that he was going to receive our nation’s highest military honor. It was a moment I will never forget Ron and Miranda joined today by there. Two beautiful sons, camera who is 10 and Tyler was 7 stand-up. Look at these guys, Cameron, Tyler. We stand in all of your father’s courage. We really do today joins the world’s most elite Gathering of Heroes. Also, with us are his parents, Ronald Cena, and his mom Fabiola, both Air Force veterans. America, is grateful for your service. Thank you very much. Please stand. Thank you. I want to thank also secretary Neilson for joining us secretary. Thank you very much along with Secretary of the army esper, or thank you very much Vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva. Thank you. Paul Army Chief of Staff General Mark milley, or thank you Commander – Special Operations Command General Raymond, Thomas and sergeant major of the army, Daniel Dailey. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. I also want to recognise representative Gerald Connolly & representative Dan Newhouse. Thank you very much for being you appreciate it. We are privileged to have among us, five former recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Bennie Adkins, Harvey Barnum, Gary byker, groberg and Brian Becker, and, thank you all for being here. Thank you please. Thank you very much for being with us. She’S, a very brave greatpeople stamps Ron sure was born in Fairbanks Alaska. He grew up in a military family moving to for States before middle school. He graduated from Washington State University and apply to join the military, but was rejected due to a medical condition. I can’t believe they rejected what I was a bad mistake, but they made up for it right soon. After America was attacked on September 11th, 2001 determined to serve Ron reply to the military and was accepted into the United States Army. He became a medic and then he completed the gruelling training to join the legendary ranks of the Green Berets. That’S a long way from not getting accepted the first time. Ryan, that’s fantastic! That’S a great story during a special forces training that Ron met Miranda just before Ron’s first deployment, they were married. Miranda was six months pregnant with their first son Cameron, wouldn’t Ron deployed to Afghanistan for the second time, just a month before he returned home Ron was called on a special operations Mission. The aim was to hunt down a deadly terrorist at leader in that he was in a remote Mountain Village, very dangerous territory. On April, 6th 2008 Ron was among the few dozen Special Forces soldiers and 100 Afghan command who dropped off by helicopter into shock Valley. A rocky Barren Valley, far away from reinforcements, is nobody. Close Ron was the only medic for the team. While he was still near the base of the mountain, the first team began to scale the cliff toward the village as they approach the top roughly 200 well-trained and well-armed terrorist ambush. The American and Afghan forces soon Ron hurt his come, read call his name. Ryan Welling. Had been struck by shrapnel at the base of the mountain, he was very, very seriously: hurt padron, braved enemy fire to rush to his friend and to treat his wounds. Then he heard over the radio that American fighters near the top of the cliff we’re pinned down and somewhere critically injured, was blood all over the place. It was a tough, tough situation to be in immediately Ron climb, the Rocky Mountain all the while fighting back against the enemy and dodging gunfire left and right Rockets were shot at him. Everything we shot at him when he reached the top one of his close friends and Afghan interpreter was already dead. Two Americans had been shot, Dylan bear and Luis Morales. He treated them both to stabilize them and their condition Ron through his body on top of Dylan. To protect him from shrapnel it was there on that flip. That was Ron realize that I guess he felt pretty much like right run, but Ron realize that this was probably the end might be all over and is he recounts? I just said a prayer and ask that my wife and son would be okay with I was going to happen, then I just went back to work. One of his teammates John Walden was trying to protect the injured when he was shot almost severing his leg entirely. As Ron we’re still rendering life-saving Aid to Dylan, he directed another Soldier to help stem the bleeding. Then a bullet cut through Master Sergeant, Scott Ford’s arm and struck Hans helmet Ron said it felt like he had been hit on the head with a baseball bat, but he got up and in pretty bad shape. Bandage Scott’s, arm sooner, when is comrades, use, nylon webbing to lower the most critically injured down the sides of this really dangerous and very steep Cliff. When he reached the base of the mountain Ron race to each patient, giving them life-saving care, they were bleeding profusely and preparing them to be evacuated by helicopter. But Ron was not done yet. He charge back to Mountain all the way up and then rejoined the fight for more than 6 hours Ron bravely face down the enemy. Not a single American died in that brutal battle, thanks in great measure, bronze heroic actions. Many of the Warriors who fought in Shock Valley are here today. When I read your name, will you please stand staff sergeant? Dylan bear stand up: specialist Mike Carter, like your stock Master, Sergeant, Scott Ford, Sergeant, First Class Seth, Howard staff, sergeant Lewis, Morales sergeant major Dan plants, lieutenant-colonel Walton, Sergeant, First Class Matt Williams, Sergeant First Class Carl Wurzbach and two wonderful Afghan translators, behrouz bombing and Zia ghafouri. Thank you very much. We really appreciate it. He did a good job. Did you know good job? I just say yes places too late. We can always change your mind. He did a good job. Thank you all for your Noble service and for being here to celebrate. Ron’S historic achievement to truly is that, as many of you know, the year-and-a-half ago Ron was diagnosed with cancer cancer rough cancer, but he’s braved battled worked, he’s done everything he can, that can he’s been fighting it every single day, with courage and with strength and he’s A warrior he’s a warrior and just like he faced every single Battle of his entire life, he’s facing a very tough battle right now, it’s cancer, but I will tell you he’s the best dad and role model to boys could ever ask for right. Do you agree with him and you better say? Yes, I already asked him that question they need to know. Is he a good father or a great father, so great father right, that’s the best father ever wow, that’s beautiful, beautiful boys and Ron. I just want to say is an inspiration to everyone of this from and every citizen, all across our great land run. Our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy as we prepare to engrave your name along side of America’s greatest heroes. It is my and privileged along with Mike and all of these incredible Warriors in front of me to present you with the Congressional Medal of Honor. I would like to ask the period to come forward and read the citation please. Thank you. The the United States of America authorized by act of Congress March 3rd 1863 has awarded, in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to staff sergeant Ronald J sure the second United States Army for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the rest of his life. Above and beyond the Call of Duty staff sergeant II distinguish himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity, above and beyond the Call of Duty on April 6th thousand eight, while serving as a senior medical Sergeant Special Forces operational Detachment. Alpha 3336 Special Operations task force 3-3 in support of operation enduring freedom, was part of an assault element inserted by helicopter into a location in Afghanistan. As the salt element moved up in your vertical mountain ported subjective, it was engaged by Fierce enemy, machine gun, sniper and rocket-propelled grenade fire. The lead portion of the assault element, which included the ground Commander, sustained several casualties I became, pin down on the Mountainside stops, aren’t sure and the rest of the training portion of the salt element were likewise in buy enemy, machine gun, sniper and rocket propelled grenade fire. As the attack intensified, he Brave enemy fire to move to an injured Soldier and treat his wounds. Having stabilize delete element, stats aren’t sure his way up the mountain side under intense enemy fire, to delete elements, location upon reaching Elite element heat-treated and stabilized two more soldiers finishing those life-saving efforts: two additional severely wounded soldiers under intense enemy fire; the bullet that have wounded One of these soldiers had also impacted stats, aren’t sure his helmet, with complete disregard for his own life, stats, aren’t sure again move through and to treat and stabilize one soldiers severely wounded arm shortly. Thereafter, he continued to Brave withering enemy fire to get to the other soldiers location in order to treat his lower leg, which had been almost completely severed by a caliber sniper round after treating the soldiers, that’s aren’t sure begin to evacuate the wounded Karen and lowering them Down this year, mountain side, but moving down the mountain he use his own body to shield and the wounded from enemy fire and debris caused by danger. Close airstrikes in the base of the mountain steps aren’t sure, set up a casualty collection point and continue to treat the wounded with the arrival of the medical evacuation. Helicopter stats aren’t sure again under enemy fire help load the wounded into the helicopter. Having ensure the safety of the Wounded, he then regain control of his Commando Squad and rejoin the fight. He continue to lead his troops and then play security elements until it was time to remove the evacuation. Landings for the helicopter is actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself combined joint Special Operations task, force-afghanistan Special Operations Command Central and United States Army. Ladies into and please remain in your seats until the president has he parted the East room. We’Re encouraged by this by the selfless acts of Staff Sergeant Ronald shutter shooter send us out to work at 2 to the work at hand for each of us. With your grace for the leadership character and sacrifice that will honor you and honor the needs of all those before us bless us keep us make your face shine on us and be gracious to us, maybe all fine, both p and contentment, and the knowledge of your Love and in the promise of your presence in your most holy name, we pray, amen. The Army medic is credited with saving his teammates’ lives on April 6, 2008 in the Shok Valley of eastern Afghanistan.
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