Former Army Staff Seargent Ron Shurer, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism in Afghanistan, has died at the age of 41.

In 2017 Shurer was diagnosed with lung cancer. He had lately been hospitalized at the Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. Shurer wrote on Instagram that he had been unconscious for a week. He also posted a picture of him and his wife, while he was connected to a ventilator.

“Very upset to write this… been unconscious for a week,” he said. “They are going to try and take it out in a couple of hours, they can’t tell me if it will work.”

The Secret Service posted the following on Twitter, “Today, we lost an American hero: Husband, Father, Son, Medal of Honor Recipient — Special Agent Ronald J. Shurer II. From a grateful Nation and Agency — your memory and legacy will live on forever. Rest in Peace.”

Shurer joined the U.S. Army one year after the 9/11 attacks and became a Special Forces medic (18D) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

President Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to Shurer for his actions in Afghanistan in 2008; that was Shurer’s second deployment in the country with the 3rd Special Forces Group.

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During this deployment in the Shok Valley in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan on April 6, 2008, his unit was tasked to kill or capture Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the militant group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG).

His unit came under machine gun, sniper, and rocket-propelled grenade fire as they made their way through the valley. Another element of the team, trying to maneuver toward the target from a different location, also came under fire and was pinned down. Several of the troops were critically wounded.