Former U.S. Army Sergeant Ron Shurer, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism in Afghanistan, died at age 41. Cause of death was lung cancer.
He joined the U.S. Army a year after the 9/11 attacks and served as a medic in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Two years later, he completed a special forces qualification course and traveled to Afghanistan twice.
During an insurgent ambush, he treated his teammates after they were shot with heavy weapons. “For more than six hours, Ron bravely fought the enemy and helped his comrades. No American died in this brutal battle, largely because of Ron’s heroic actions,” said President Donald Trump, who presented him with the Medal of Honor in 2018.
Shuhrer saved four seriously injured American soldiers and 10 Afghans. During the battle, he was wounded by a sniper.