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7-hour gunfight, 100-foot cliff and now this second Medal of Honor: Green Beret talks about Battle of Shok Valley | Army Times

7-hour gunfight, 100-foot cliff and now this second Medal of Honor: Green Beret talks about Battle of Shok Valley | Army Times

The Green Berets were sent to apprehend a target of the Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin insurgent group in conditions that involved jagged terrain and sheer, snow-capped cliffs. The helicopter they rode could not land which forced them to jump into fast-moving rivers or straight into rock. Afghan Commandos accompanied the Green Berets while carrying heavy weapons, but the team underestimated the enemy and was greeted with gunfire and grenades. Under attack, the forces took casualties and was pushed back against the edge of a 100,000 foot cliff. They remained there for an exhausting seven hours fighting back and trying to repair injuries. Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams, a Medal of Honor recipient and weapons sergeant, followed a charge to put more space between the troops and the enemy and refocused the mission to get everyone off the mountain. Williams not only led a counterattack, but exposed himself to enemy fire to evacuate injured soldiers. He saved four that were critically wounded and the force from being overrun, earning him a second Medal of Honor.

 Source: https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2019/10/30/7-hour-gunfight-100-foot-cliff-and-now-this-second-medal-of-honor-green-beret-talks-about-battle-of-shok-valley/

 

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