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Army Medic Receives Congressional Medal Of Honor | NBC Nightly News

Army Medic Receives Congressional Medal Of Honor | NBC Nightly News


THE MEDAL OF HONOR AT THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY. OUR JOE FRYER HAS THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY. OUR JOE FRYER HAS TONIGHT’S THOSE WHO OUR JOE FRYER HAS TONIGHT’S THOSE WHO SERVE. TONIGHT’S THOSE WHO SERVE.>>Reporter: WHAT SERVE.>>Reporter: WHAT HAPPENED IN THE>>Reporter: WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF HAPPENED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF AFGHANISTAN TEN YEARS MOUNTAINS OF AFGHANISTAN TEN YEARS AGO IS REMEMBERED AFGHANISTAN TEN YEARS AGO IS REMEMBERED VIVIDLY TODAY. AGO IS REMEMBERED VIVIDLY TODAY.>>WE WERE ALL VIVIDLY TODAY.>>WE WERE ALL FIGHTING OUR HARDEST.>>WE WERE ALL FIGHTING OUR HARDEST.>>Reporter: RETIRED FIGHTING OUR HARDEST.>>Reporter: RETIRED STAFF SERGEANT RONALD>>Reporter: RETIRED STAFF SERGEANT RONALD THE SECOND WAS AN STAFF SERGEANT RONALD THE SECOND WAS AN ENEMY AND OPENED FIRE THE SECOND WAS AN ENEMY AND OPENED FIRE ON U.S. SPECIAL FORCES ENEMY AND OPENED FIRE ON U.S. SPECIAL FORCES WOUNDING SEVERAL. ON U.S. SPECIAL FORCES WOUNDING SEVERAL.>>I’M HIT. WOUNDING SEVERAL.>>I’M HIT. I’M HIT.>>I’M HIT. I’M HIT.>>Reporter: DURING I’M HIT.>>Reporter: DURING THE SIX-HOUR FIRE>>Reporter: DURING THE SIX-HOUR FIRE FIGHT SURE NOT ONLY THE SIX-HOUR FIRE FIGHT SURE NOT ONLY TREATED HIS TEAMMATE’S FIGHT SURE NOT ONLY TREATED HIS TEAMMATE’S LIFE INJURIES, HE WAS TREATED HIS TEAMMATE’S LIFE INJURIES, HE WAS A HUMAN SHIELD. LIFE INJURIES, HE WAS A HUMAN SHIELD.>>THERE WAS ROCKS A HUMAN SHIELD.>>THERE WAS ROCKS FALLING ON HIM.>>THERE WAS ROCKS FALLING ON HIM. THEY HAD BEEN WOUNDED. FALLING ON HIM. THEY HAD BEEN WOUNDED. THEY WERE VERY EXPOSED THEY HAD BEEN WOUNDED. THEY WERE VERY EXPOSED TO THE ELEMENTS. THEY WERE VERY EXPOSED TO THE ELEMENTS. OF COURSE I WAS GOING TO THE ELEMENTS. OF COURSE I WAS GOING TO COVER THEM AS BEST OF COURSE I WAS GOING TO COVER THEM AS BEST I COULD. TO COVER THEM AS BEST I COULD.>>Reporter: ONE I COULD.>>Reporter: ONE BULLET RICOCHETTED OFF>>Reporter: ONE BULLET RICOCHETTED OFF HIS HELMET, ANOTHER BULLET RICOCHETTED OFF HIS HELMET, ANOTHER GRAZED HIS ARM AND HIS HELMET, ANOTHER GRAZED HIS ARM AND SAVED MANY LIVES GRAZED HIS ARM AND SAVED MANY LIVES INCLUDING DILLON BEAR. SAVED MANY LIVES INCLUDING DILLON BEAR.>>BASICALLY SAID A INCLUDING DILLON BEAR.>>BASICALLY SAID A PRAYER AND I THOUGHT I>>BASICALLY SAID A PRAYER AND I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE AND I PRAYER AND I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE AND I ACCEPTED THAT AND RON WAS GOING TO DIE AND I ACCEPTED THAT AND RON SURE SLAPPED ME ACROSS ACCEPTED THAT AND RON SURE SLAPPED ME ACROSS THE FACE AND SAID WAKE SURE SLAPPED ME ACROSS THE FACE AND SAID WAKE UP, YOU’RE NOT GOING THE FACE AND SAID WAKE UP, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DIE TODAY. UP, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DIE TODAY.>>SHEER COURAGE UNDER TO DIE TODAY.>>SHEER COURAGE UNDER FIRE.>>SHEER COURAGE UNDER FIRE. POISE. FIRE. POISE. HIS MEDICAL SKILL, POISE. HIS MEDICAL SKILL, THEY ARE WITHOUT EQUAL HIS MEDICAL SKILL, THEY ARE WITHOUT EQUAL EQUAL. THEY ARE WITHOUT EQUAL EQUAL.>>Reporter: IT’S WHY EQUAL.>>Reporter: IT’S WHY TODAY SURE RECEIVED>>Reporter: IT’S WHY TODAY SURE RECEIVED THE MEDAL OF HONOR, TODAY SURE RECEIVED THE MEDAL OF HONOR, RECOGNITION OF ONE THE MEDAL OF HONOR, RECOGNITION OF ONE BATTLE AS HE FIGHTS RECOGNITION OF ONE BATTLE AS HE FIGHTS ANOTHER. BATTLE AS HE FIGHTS ANOTHER. HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ANOTHER. HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER. HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER.>>THEY ARE THE SAME LUNG CANCER.>>THEY ARE THE SAME IN A LOT OF WAYS.>>THEY ARE THE SAME IN A LOT OF WAYS. BOTH ARE FOCUSED LIFE. IN A LOT OF WAYS. BOTH ARE FOCUSED LIFE.>>Reporter: IF ANYONE BOTH ARE FOCUSED LIFE.>>Reporter: IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO FACE SUCH


Reader Comments

  1. Spent 5 yrs helping to traing and support these men. 1987-92. SSG/SFC COLLINS SWC ENGINEERS. THEY ARE THE BEST.

  2. Good thing they didn't check the guy for bone spurs.
    Also, obviously, colossal respect and admiration for Ronald Shurer.

  3. Special Forces continuing to display the utmost courage under fire for a fellow brother in arms. Keep doing us proud, keep being professional, and keep up the good fight!

  4. God Bless all our deployed service men and women – heroes to all of us for their dedication, honor and love of country.

  5. Finally…another military hero praised. These young men need to run our country instead of the cowards currently in office.
    You guys are magnificent!

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