Active Duty Green Beret To Receive Medal of Honor
Master Sergeant Matthew Williams will be given the Medal of Honor by President Trump on October 30. The active duty Green Beret will become the second member of the Special Forces team to receive the MOH for the Battle of Shok Valley on April 6, 2008. The first one was Spec Ops Medic Staff Sgt Ronald Shurer II, which we previously reported. Numerous others earned Silver Stars. Williams’ MOH is a well-deserved upgrade.
Then Sgt Williams was serving as Weapons Sergeant for an assault element of Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, Special Operations Task Force-33. He is currently based out of Fort Bragg, and remains an active duty green beret, one of only a few MOH recipients still on active duty.
The White House wrote:
Sergeant Williams exposed himself to insurgent fire multiple times while rescuing other members of the assault element and evacuating numerous casualties. In the face of rocket-propelled grenade, sniper, and machine gun fire, Sergeant Williams led an Afghan Commando element across a fast-moving, ice cold, and waist-deep river to fight its way up a terraced mountain to the besieged lead element of the assault force.
Sergeant Williams then set up a base of fire that the enemy was not able to overcome. When his Team Sergeant was wounded by sniper fire, Sergeant Williams exposed himself to enemy fire to come to his aid and to move him down the sheer mountainside to the casualty collection point. Sergeant Williams then braved small arms fire and climbed back up the cliff to evacuate other injured soldiers and repair the team’s satellite radio. He again exposed himself to enemy fire as he helped move several casualties down the near vertical mountainside and as he carried and loaded casualties on to evacuation helicopters.
Sergeant Williams’s actions helped save the lives of four critically wounded Soldiers and prevented the lead element of the assault force from being overrun by the enemy.
The fire fight was about 6 and a half hours long. The unit was tasked with killing or capturing Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, leader of a militia, according to the Army Times. In that time frame, approximately 150 insurgents were killed.
“Throughout his career, Williams has deployed multiple times to Afghanistan and Africa, serving in numerous positions, including weapons sergeant, Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A); senior weapons sergeant, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd SFG (A); senior instructor/writer, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group; senior weapons sergeant, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion 3rd SFG (A) and operations sergeant, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion 3rd SFG (A)…
…Williams’ previous awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Clasp and four Loops, Valorous Unit Award, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and Special Forces Tab.”
Williams lives today at Fort Bragg with his wife and son.
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