Ronald J. Shurer II (December 7, 1978 – May 14, 2020) was a former United States Army Special Forces staff sergeant and medic. He was born in Fairbanks, Alaska.
He was a senior medical sergeant during the Battle of Shok Valley in April 2008. He and his team were attacked by an enemy force of more than 200 fighters. Shurer fought for more than an hour to reach part of his unit.
He was initially awarded a Silver Star for this action, but in 2016 The Pentagon upgraded this recognition to a Medal of Honor. He received the medal in a White House ceremony on October 1, 2018.
Shurer died on May 14, 2020 of lung cancer-related problems at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, aged 41.
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Ronald Shurer service photograph
Shurer receiving the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump in October 2018
Shurer with his family, President Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence