Battle of shok valley book

By the end of the sixhour battle deep within the shok valley, the team would earn 10 silver stars the armys third highest award for combat valor. The story about the battle of shok valley is shared in the book no way out. Outlasting the enemy in shok valley no man left behind youtube. The battle of shok valley, also known as operation commando wrath, was a joint usafghan raid designed to kill or capture gulbuddin hekmatyar, the leader of hezbeislami gulbuddin hig in the shok valley of nuristan province of afghanistan on 6 april 2008. Nightmare in the shok valley, by janice burton, army.

Without ron shurer at my side, i would have died that day. The contingent of 49 united states and 24 afghan national army soldiers valiantly defended their small outpost against. Specialist michael carter someone you should know blackfive. Storyline a team of green berets are sent to take out a leader of the hezbeislami gulbuddin, a terrorist group with links to the taliban. Matts incredible heroism helped ensure that not a single american soldier died in the battle of shok valley, trump said during a white house east room ceremony. When the battle finally ended, ten soldiers had earned silver. Green beret ssg ronald shurer to receive medal of honor. This battle, during operation command wraith, took place in afghanistan on.

Battle of shok valley on april 6, 2008, the team was participating in a joint usafghan raid designed to kill or capture gulbuddin hekmatyar, the leader of hezbe islami gulbuddin hig in the shok valley of nuristan province of afghanistan. The book is about a special forces mission into a remote valley in. He has embedded with american soldiers in iraq, east africa and haiti. On that day, the men of company c, 2d battalion, 503d parachute infantry regiment, endured four hours of intense close quarters combat and mounting casualties. Silver stars rain on 10 soldiers for afghan battle news. Cliffhanger fierce battle in the shok valley tests sf teams mettle by janice burton. During the sixhour battle of shok valley in northeastern afghanistan, the team came under enemy machine gun, sniper, and rocketpropelled grenade fire from the mountainside. Oda 3336 in the shok valley, defense media network, may 20, 2010. The author of four books, he cowrote a memoir of a korean war veteran and a book about the 2006 battle of sperwan ghar. A special forces team planned to land in an enemyheld valley, scale a steep.

Selfsacrifice encompasses the qualities that have defined specialoperations soldiers throughout our history. He went from student on the palouse to green beret in the rugged mountains of afghanistan, where he served as a medic in a special forces unit caught in a fierce battle in the shok valley. Shurer ii born 1978 or 1979 is a former united states army special forces staff sergeant and medic. Battle of shok valley, also known as operation commando wrath was a joint u. The story of the battle is the subject of the book no way out. The shok valley has never fallen to a foreign foe, and that remains true even today, th the shear magnitude of heroism described in this book, all the way down to the medic and the combat photographer, makes this a very worthwhile read. Oda 3312 was about 200 meters up the valley from my position and at the base of the steep hills and sheer cliff faces that oda 3336 was attempting to negotiate down in order to get out of the direct line of enemy fire. Book 2 of 4 books of the ridge creek trilogy plus one ridge cr. Green beret ssg ronald shurer to receive medal of honor sof. Outlasting the enemy in shok valley no man left behind.

I was a bit unsure upon opening this book and seeing over 90 chapters listed for a book with a little over 330 pages. The target is guarded by heavily armed fighters in the shok valley of afghanistan. Williams, the second recipient to receive the distinction for his efforts in the battle of shok. Last month, on 6 april, the 12th anniversary of the battle of shok valley, ron wrote, when we started working our way up that mountain, we didnt expect the fight we would face but neither did they. With chris pine, alan rickman, bill pullman, hal b. Bottle shock, the charming 2008 movie based in napa valley, has become a favorite film for many wine lovers. Trump awards medal of honor to green beret who fought in. The mechanics of the book gives such a sense of the choas of battle the author is. Shurer ii december 7, 1978 may 14, 2020 was a united states army special forces staff sergeant and medic. Gunfire was snapping all around, and colleagues were bleeding. A story of valor in the mountains of afghanistan by mitch weiss and kevin maurer.

The story of a fight against all oddswho in the past five years has embedded six times with the u. A village which stands sentinel over the valley is. A special forces team planned to land in an enemyheld valley, scale a steep mountain in afghanistan to surprise and capture a terrorist leader. Saying thank you to true heroes amy rees andersons blog.

Ten special forces soldiers and their combat cameraman were awarded the silver star for bravery, the greatest number of such awards for a single battle since the vietnam war. The soldiers of battle company of the 173rd airborne brigade combat team live there in dusty tents and little wooden huts. Combat controller receives air force cross, purple heart u. In the battle of cantigny, the regiment had endured nearly 900 casualties the division as a whole suffered more than 1,600, but in doing so it had demonstrated to the germansand to the frenchthat the americans were no callow soldiers, but aggressive in attack and stubborn in defense. The battle that followed was both a test and a testament to their skill and bravery. A village that stands sentinel over the valley is home to one of the fiercest of the insurgent forces in afghanistan the hezeb islami al gulbadin, or hig. Any doubt was quickly pushed aside by the fast paced narrative. Ronald shurer ii, the hero of shok valley, moh recipient has lost his long battle with lung cancer. Shok valley is located in the remote mountainous province of nuristan highlighted in red. Silver stars awarded to 10 soldiers for battle in northeast afghanistan in the largest special forces award ceremony since the vietnam war. Ten special forces soldiers and their combat cameraman were awarded the silver star. Afghan raid designed to capture gulbuddin hekmatyar, an afghan politician and former warlord in the shok valley of nuristan province of afghanistan on 6 april 2008.

Sergeant rhyner of the 21st special tactics squadron received the medal and a purple heart for uncommon valor during operation enduring freedom for his actions during an intense 6. Fierce battle above shok valley earns silver stars. Medal of honor recipient and wsu graduate ronald shurer. A special forces team in afghanistan planned to land in an enemyheld valley and scale a. Today, the current ss has thrown on some red and silver. A village which stands sentinel over the valley is home to one of the fiercest of the.

The green beret received the nations highest award for valor on oct. Oct 30, 2019 the battle of shok valley is a testament to the overwhelming strength, lethal skill and unstoppable might of the army special forces and all of our military, trump said, adding that the enemy on that day had the high ground and superior numbers, but they had one major disadvantage. The incredible story of that sixhour fight is detailed in the book no way out. Fierce battle above shok valley earns silver stars article. Green beret receives medal of honor association of the. The author of four books, he cowrote a memoir of a korean war veteran, a book about. The battle of shok valley, also known as operation commando wrath, was a joint u. In a remote, enemyheld valley in afghanistan, a special forces team planned. The mechanics of the book gives such a sense of the choas of battle the. The story of the early days of california wine making featuring the now infamous, blind paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as judgment of paris. Special forces in afghanistandetail the teams illfated 2008 mission in eastern afghanistans shok valley, a place isolated and surrounded by a wall of mountains. Combat action in afghanistan, 2008 army university press. Green beret talks about battle of shok valley the green berets woke up at 2 a. During the battle of shok valley, john lost his right leg to sniper fire.

Army chaplain faces heat for egregious act of sharing evangelical coronavirus and christ book with colleagues phil shiver. The account of that battle, printed in this issue of special warfare, is a story of courage, coolness under fire and selfsacrifice. Shurer returned fire on the enemy as he provided medical attention to his teammates. The men of operational detachmentalpha 3336 knew it was going to be a harrowing day before they ever set foot in the shok valley on.

This soldier should get a waiver for special forces assessment and selection and begin the next class in the q course. The book youre holding in your hands is the battle book, the first part of the marvel super heroes game. Afghan raid designed to kill or capture gulbuddin hekmatyar, the leader of hezbeislami gulbuddin hig in the shok valley of nuristan province of afghanistan on 6 april 2008. Ive had a chance to read the book, something i highly recommend, but listening to johns recount of the events of. Operation commando wrath shok valley, afghanistan sof news. Ronald shurer received the medal of honor for his bravery during the shok valley mission, april 6, 2008. The author of four books, he cowrote a memoir of a korean war veteran and a. No man left behind to hell and back tv episode 2016 imdb.

Battle of shok valley archives the truth about cars. Pulitzer prizewinning journalist weiss and maurer coauthor, lions of kandahar. The men of operational detachmentalpha 3336 knew it was going to be a harrowing day before they ever set foot in the shok valley on april 6, 2008, on a mission in afghanistans remote, and at. It tells the story about how a chardonnay crafted by a napa valley winery beat every french competitor in the paris wine tasting of 1976, a feat that was unthinkable at the time. Ive read a few books on the war in afghanistan and this was the weakest. He would later be awarded the congressional medal of honor for his actions. A story of valor in the mountains of afghanistan isbn 9780425245262.

The battle of shok valley is a testament to the overwhelming strength, lethal skill and unstoppable might of the army special forces and all of our military, trump said, adding that the enemy on that day had the high ground and superior numbers, but they had one major disadvantage. When the battle finally ended, ten soldiers had earned silver starsthe armys third highest award for combat valor. A sanctuary for the deadly hezbeislami gulbuddin hig the team and the afghan commandos were sent into the shok valley to capture the groups local commander, haji ghafour. Act as communication link between hcls and team members and parents regarding all information and materials for battle of the books, including book and ticket distribution. Afghan raid designed to kill or capture gulbuddin hekmatyar, the leader of hezbeislami gulbuddin in the shok valley of nuristan province of afghanistan on 6 april 2008. A sanctuary for the deadly hezbeislami gulbuddin hig the team and the afghan commandos were. Battle of ganjgal valley with mg brown introduction duration. The shok valley has never fallen to a foreign foe, and that remains true even. Feb 24, 2008 the korengal valley is a lonely outpost of regress. For exgreen beret injured in firefight, dallas marathon.

The firsthand account of the mission that killed osama binladen. Shurer fought for more than an hour to reach part of his unit, killing several insurgents along the way. But before they found the target, the target found them. Medal of honor recipient and former 3rd special forces groupairborne sf medical sergeant ssg ron shurer died today according to the us secret service. A special forces team planned to land in an enemyheld valley, scale a. Ssg shurer received the moh for his actions during the 2008 battle of shok valley in nuristan, afghanistan. The battle of shok valley the national medal of honor museum. Singer, the accidental guerrilla by david kilcullen, and no way out by mitch weiss and kevin maurer. The book is about a special forces mission into a remote valley in northeastern afghanistan. Monday, we alerted you that the 2015 chevrolet ss will come with a manual transmission and magnetic ride. Deciding that higs hold on the area must be challenged, coalition planners decided to launch a daring raid into the heart of the shok valley stronghold with a combined force of afghan commandos and their special forces counterparts. During the bloody battle of shok valley, shurers heroic and selfless actions saved many lives. In a remote, enemyheld valley in afghanistan, a special forces team.

The author of four books, he cowrote a memoir of a korean war veteran, a book about the 2006 battle of sperwan ghar, and is the coauthor of no easy day. Ambushed on a dangerous hillside in afghanistan by taliban combatants, a small team of green berets fought through serious casualties to. Based on dozens of interviews with those who were there, no way out is a compelling narrative of an epic battle that not only tested the soldiers. Zachary rhyner after a ceremony to present the nco the air force cross march 10 at pope air force base, n. Subscribe the truth about cars battle of shok valley. But for shurer, it was a race to keep his teammates alive. It was the most silver stars awarded to any unit in one battle since vietnam.

John wayne walding, a former green beret special forces soldier from frisco, is preparing to run his first marathon since losing part of his leg in the battle of shok valley in afghanistan. The green beret of shok valley, moh recipient has lost his latest, long battle may 14, 2020 comments off on the green beret of shok valley, moh recipient has lost his latest, long battle former staff sgt. Green beret medic ronald shurer to receive the medal of honor for heroic actions in april 2008 in shok valley, afghanistan. Ssg shurer was serving as a medical sergeant with his special forces detachment in afghanistan in 2008 when they took part in operation commando wrath also know as the battle of shok valley. The firsthand account of the mission that killed osama bin laden. Afghanistan battle for bomb valley 1 of 3 bbc panorama investigative documentary duration. The contingent of 49 united states and 24 afghan national army soldiers valiantly defended their small outpost. Cliffhanger fierce battle in the shok valley tests sf teams mettle by janice burton there are no roads leading into the shok valley.

Three guiding principles to life live by amy rees anderson. President donald trump awards the medal of honor to army special forces master sgt. Our resident expert who was personally involved in the battle of the ashau au shaw valley could help you out and lend you his insights unfettered by official macv after action reports and. When the battle finally ended, ten soldiers had earned silver stars. The marvel super heroes game is a role playing game. Of the ten silver stars awarded for the battle of shok valley, nine were earned by sf soldiers. A story of valor in the mountains of afghanistan by mitch weiss and.

It was during the harrowing battle of shok valley on april 6, 2008, that john would lose his leg to a sniper, and yet returned fire for four more hours with his severed lower limb tied to his thigh. The mechanics of the book gives such a sense of the choas of battle the author is trying to convey. A story of valor in the mountains of afghanistan written by mitch weiss and kevin maurer. Ronald shurer ii, the hero of shok valley, moh recipient has lost his long battle. As 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. Jul 08, 2016 ambushed on a dangerous hillside in afghanistan by taliban combatants, a small team of green berets fought through serious casualties to bring everyone home alive. Two members of the team were killed and the surviving ten members were all given the silver star, the militarys thirdhighest award for valor. The battle erupted in nuristan provinces shok valley during a hunt for gulbuddin hekmatyar, an afghan militia leader and warlord whose forces attacked u. A special forces team in afghanistan planned to land in an enemyheld valley and scale a steep mountain to surprise and capture a terrorist.

With casualties mounting, calls went up over and over again in afghanistans shok valley requesting ronald shurers ii help. Kevin maurer it seemed like an impossible mission right from the start. John lost his leg in the battle of shok valley, a battle chronicled in the book, no way out. Medal of honor recipient, former green beret ronald shurer. He continued to fight alongside his brothers while wounded for four more hours.

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