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Former Army Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II, who received the Medal of Honor from President Trump in 2018 for his actions under enemy fire in Afghanistan a decade earlier, has died. He was 41. The Alaska native deployed to Afghanistan as an Army medic and later served in the White House as a Secret Service officer. Shurer, a former Green Beret, was part of the Special Operations Task Force-33 during operation Enduring Freedom in 2008. 200 enemy combatants attacked his unit in the Shok Valley with machine gun, sniper and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Shurer’s team sustained multiple casualties in the attack and found itself pinned against the mountainside. He treated injured soldiers along the way as he fought toward the front, where he stabilized four more soldiers, using his body as a shield, carried them by himself to the base of the mountain, and loaded them onto a helicopter for evacuation. After the evacuation, he rejoined the fight alongside the rest of his squad.
"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 received an honorable discharge in 2009 and joined the Secret Service a few months later, initially working in the Phoenix Field Office.