Trump presents Medal of Honor to Green Beret
President Donald Trump presented the nation's highest military honor to a Green Beret who helped save four critically wounded comrades and prevented the lead element of a special operations force from being overrun in Afghanistan.
The Medal of Honor was presented to Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams of Texas, who has continued to serve in the Army, assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Williams joined the Army in 2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan multiple times throughout his military career.
The events leading to the honor occurred in April 2008 during a mountainside firefight that lasted several hours when Williams' team and about 100 Afghan commandos were attacked by insurgents waiting above them.
During the raid, Williams and his team, along with Afghan forces, were dropped into the valley by helicopters. The terrain was too challenging to land the aircraft, so the troops jumped directly into a cold, waist-deep river.
They then had the difficult task of hiking up the mountain to capture the enemy's leader and all the while encountering pocket-propelled grenade, sniper and machine-gun fire.
The honor is an upgrade of the Silver Star that Williams initially received for his actions that day.
He is the second member of his detachment to receive the Medal of Honor for that operation of which Former Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer II received one a year ago.
Trump has embraced efforts to honor service members and show his support for the military.