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Local hero honored
Local hero honored
Posted on 12/09/2019

The Puyallup School District is the home of many accomplished graduates. It is always an honor to celebrate the success and accomplishments of former students. On Friday, December 6, 2019, the Puyallup School District, students, staff and community had the prestigious opportunity to honor former student and Medal of Honor recipient, Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Shurer.JROTC

Shurer graduated from Rogers High School in 1997 and earned his bachelor’s degree in business economics at Washington State University.

Following the attack on September 11, 2001 Shurer was determined to serve and follow the footsteps of his parents, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enlisted in 2002 and entered the Special Forces in 2004 and was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group in 2006.

On April 6, 2008 Shurer was deployed to Afghanistan for a second time. It is on this deployment where Shurer’s bravery and heroic deeds are recognized and awarded.

It was called the Battle of Shook Valley, also known as Operations Commando Wrath. It was a joint mission between US and Afghanistan to kill or capture terrorist leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyor. What intended to be a surprise attack turned into an ambush by an enemy force of more than 200 fighters. While fighting against machine gun fire, snipers, and rocket propelled grenades Shurer tackled the rough terrain of the mountainside, fought off the enemy, and risked his life to treat the casualties and saved many lives.

Shurer at the podiumIn the Rogers High School Performing Arts Center, SSG Shurer was honored with the dedication of a monument in recognition of his contributions and heroism.

Thank you to the South Hill Rotary Club, Veterans United Home Loans on South Hill, as well as the other individuals and organizations for their contributions. Their generous donations made it possible to memorialize this local American hero.

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Click here to read more about Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Shurer’s heroism and the Battle of Shook Valley.