Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II Wiki – Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II Biography
Sgt. Ronald Shurer II was an Army medic with the 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan in 2008, died at the age of 41 from lung cancer.
both of Shurer’s parents had served in the Armed Forces and his grandfather and great-grandfather had also served; Shurer was not going to give up. He was accepted the second time he was enlisted and became a medic at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 2006, he was promoted from sergeant to staff sergeant. At one point, he was selected for the Special Forces qualification course and passed.
Married, Wife, Children
Miranda Lentz, a West Virginian, was a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and was studying a graduate degree in education from Virginia’s James Madison University. She met Shurer through a dating site while he was at Fort Bragg. He drove five hours to Virginia to go to the movies, Military.com reported.
Shurer proposed in June of 2006, soon after he learned about his deployment and Lentz said yes.
Lentz has been with him since the actions that earned him the Medal of Honor, his move to the Secret Service and was even in the car with him when he received the update that his cancer had spread.
Early Life, Education
Shurer, born in Fairbanks Alaska, grew up in Puyallup, Washington, graduated from Rogers High School in 1997 and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in business economics in 2001.
He enlisted in the Army, where he helped stabilize and rescue more than a dozen injured soldiers through a haze of bullets from enemy fire and returned to the fight. He then joined the Secret Service to continue serving his country.
He served with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in the winter of 2007. In his second deployment to Afghanistan, he was deployed to Shok Valley, a mission that Business Insider described as capturing or killing high-value targets.
Shurer received an honorable discharge and left the Army in May 2009, a little over a year after his outstanding day of service. He applied to the FBI and to the Secret Service, and chose the Secret Service, because “the Secret Service culture just really spoke to me. I’d be standing on the sidelines of history,” he told Military.com.
He started working in September, working criminal investigations of credit card fraud and other cases in Phoenix, Arizona. He and his family relocated to Washington, D.C. in 2014 when Shurer became part of a special Secret Service’s tactical team charged with protecting the president.
While there, Army Times reported that Shurer attended events in D.C. and Fayetteville, North Carolina, to help raise funds for a charity, the Special Forces Charitable Trust, that supports Green Beret families.
In the summer of 2016, Shurer started experiencing hip pain, which he tried to manage. Then in February of 2017, he finally got an MRI and doctors found a lesion on his hip.
Medal of Honor, Awards
According to the U.S. Army, Shurer was supporting Special Forces operators and Afghan commandos on April 6, 2008.
The team was moving through a valley when they ran into sniper fire, rocket-propelled grenades and machine gunfire. Shurer was notified about the assault and told there were several injured.
“With disregard for his safety, Shurer moved quickly through a hail of bullets toward the base of the mountain to reach the pinned-down forward element,” the Army reported. “While on the move, Shurer stopped to treat a wounded teammate’s neck injury caused by shrapnel from a recent RPG blast.”
He helped evacuate soldiers, “carrying and lowering the wounded down the steep mountainside, using his body to shield them from enemy fire and shrapnel. After he loaded the wounded in an evacuation helicopter, Shurer went back up the mountain to fight,” KIRO-7 reported.
Shurer was on the mountain for six hours and killed several insurgents, Business Insider reported. Shurer provided aid to four Army soldiers and 10 Afghan troops, despite being wounded in his arm and sniper fire hitting his helmet.
“It felt like I’d been hit in the head with a baseball bat,” Shurer reportedly said later.
In September of 2008, Shurer was awarded a Silver Star. On October 1, 2019, he was awarded the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony. Shurer credited the entire team with making everyone’s survival through the attack possible.
Other awards he received include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp and two Loops, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO medal.
On May 13, he wrote about an attempted operation: “Very upset to write this…. been unconscious for a week. They are going to try and take it out in a couple of hours, they can’t tell me if it will work.”
He died the next day.
Cause of Daeth
In 2017, he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He died May 14.
Just not having much luck with hospitals lately… Just got admitted again, for difficulty breathing. Home oxygen machines weren’t able to keep me remotely comfortable, so we will see what the hospital can do.… https://t.co/43SKJwogZO
— Ronald J Shurer II (@ron_396) April 30, 2020