He saved all of them… and was awarded the Medal of Honor.
On Oct 1st, 2018, Pres, Trump awarded US Army Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II the Medal of Honor for his badassery in April of 2008 in the Shok Valley of Nuristan Province, Afghanistan.
While serving as the only Special Forces Medic on his team, he was deployed through the Shok Valley when the team came under attack from over 200 insurgents. From above came enemy machine gun fire, plus snipers picking them off, and then RPG fire starts going off! In this hellstorm the team suffered several casualties and was pinned down ahead of him on the mountainside. Sgt Shurer knew he needed to reach his wounded men, so off he goes scaling the rock face under fire to reach the first wounded soldier, who had RPG shrapnel in his neck. After stabilizing him, he had to continue up the mountain to his trapped and wounded team mates. After an hour of climbing, returning fire the whole time, killing several of the terrorists, he finally reached his other wounded brothers. While treating four injured soldiers, plus 10 Afghani Commandos, he got shot in the head (thank God for helmets), and then took a round to the arm! But he did not stop and then continued on to treat a soldier who lost a leg. He had to continuously return fire and battle the enemy for over 5 more hours before he could get them out. Then, using his body as a shield against debris from the explosions, he figured a way to use nylon webbing to lower and evacuate the wounded down a 60 foot cliff to get them to a helicopter. Due to Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer’s Badass bravery, everyone lived that was under his care.
It’s been a while since the last Report, but this guy needs one! A platoon messenger in his first combat steps up when needed.
On this day, April 24 1944 in Italy, PFC John C Squires became a badass and was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was the platoon messenger and this was his first time in an attack! It was night and he had to sneak forward through artillery and mortar fire to check on the lead platoon that had suffered an explosion. Upon arriving he saw that he was needed to take charge. He rounded up other stragglers and formed his own squad, found a new route forward, and led like a boss. There was no one else around to lead, so this PFC with no prior combat set up the outpost, moved out to get more reinforcements, braving machinegun fire and grenades, even crawling through a minefield twice to get more stragglers! Three times his little outpost was attacked and they held strong, each time PFC Squires stood, ignoring enemy fire, returning hundreds of rounds back at the Germans. Moving off alone he engaged a group of 21 Germans in a point blank machinegun duel, killing or capturing all of them, as well as their weapons. He forced them to teach him to use their Spandau belt feds, placing them in his own outpost and teaching his men to use them. They held fast through the whole night, killing and capturing more Germans using the enemy’s own weapons. He acted with “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty”. PFC Squires was killed later in the offensive in Italy. A Badass steps up when needed, even if he is just a messenger.
For more see https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5900/john-c.-squires
The nice solid steel construction of the Star BM makes a great platform for your imagination – in this case we imagined Burnt Bronze with black accents on the fire controls, black barrel and bushing, and contrasting bronze screws on the black grips. Thank you to LRK Mechanical in Prescott Arizona for the Cerakote work. We hope to have some other examples soon of what a Star can be… for now enjoy these pics.
California residents please note: Prop 63 passed by the vote of the people of California and implements many new elements of gun control, including the elimination of direct mail order deliveries of ammunition to individual California gun owners.
Beginning in a few weeks, Jan 1, 2018, you will not be able to receive ammunition that was ordered online or via telephone and have it delivered to your house, unless you are an FFL dealer, or have a C&R license together with a COE. All other ammo transfers must go through an FFL dealer in a face to face transaction.
For most California gun owners, inexpensive and convenient ammo deliveries by UPS/FedEx will be a thing of the past. To avoid these invasive new regulations, stock up ahead of time. We will be shipping to California as long as we can. Please get your order placed in time to receive it before the end of the year.
The Star BM is the latest surplus pistol that we have brought in, a very handy and fun 9mm compact sidearm, with some cool features and interesting history. Check them out HERE
The Spanish Police started carrying the Star BM in the 1970’s and 80’s, and many were marked with Guardia Civil stampings on the frame and slide. It served Spain as a rugged and reliable handgun for many years, and now as surplus pistols, they are coming to the USA.
Based on Browning 1911 Commander pattern, the Star BM is a compact size gun, with a 4″ barrel with link and locking lug on top like a 1911, barrel bushing holding a full length guide rod, and a single action trigger. The manual thumb safety is very positive with a solid lock, allowing for “cocked and locked” carry. It has a long external extractor, slide serrations, and fixed sights. They are in standard 9mm caliber, (the slide is marked “9m/mP” which stands for “Parabellum”, another name for the standard 9mm Luger/9×19 round.)
Spanish steel was famous for hundreds of years, and the Star continues that reputation, constructed of all steel parts, except the grips which are checkered black composite. It uses an 8rd single stack magazine. There are also two small areas on the gun where the police markings were removed prior to importation.
Since they are surplus, we are able to offer them at a great low price, making them a wonderful gun for home defense or concealed carry without getting the latest and greatest $600 – $700 pistol.
Below is a round up of the some reviewers that have loved shooting the Star BM from J&G Sales and produced some great videos for your enjoyment:
Military Arms Channel
The FireArm Guy
On this day, July 12, 1944, in Italy during WWII, Sgt Harmon showed his badass bravery as acting squad leader to his men.
Heavy machinegun fire from enemy positions, well dug in on high ground and hidden by haystacks, had stopped his company’s advance and pinned them down exposed to almost certain annihilation. Ordered to rescue the most beleaguered platoon by neutralizing the German automatic fire, he led his squad forward along a draw to the right of the trapped unit against 3 key positions which poured murderous fire into his helpless comrades. When within range, first his squad fired tracer bullets to set fire to the haystacks, but this failed. So Sgt. Harmon ordered his squad to hold their position and alone and voluntarily he began a 1-man assault.
Carrying white phosphorus grenades and a submachine gun, he skillfully took crept to within 25 yards of the first position and set the haystack afire with a grenade, killing the enemy when they attempted to flee from the inferno. Crawling toward the second machinegun emplacement, he shot and wounded, but he continued to advance and destroyed the position with hand grenades, killing all enemy occupants. He then attacked the third machinegun, crawling over ground which offered no concealment. About halfway to his objective, he was again wounded, but he struggled ahead until close enough to the third machinegun, where he raised himself to his knees to throw a grenade. He was shot and knocked down by direct enemy fire, but with magnificent effort, he rose and hurled the grenade with his last dying move and fell dead, riddled by bullets. His grenade found its mark and destroyed the last machinegun nest.
Sgt. Harmon’s extraordinary badass heroism and self-sacrifice saved a whole platoon from being wiped out, and he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was buried in Italy.
Fighting from a young age…
Another Badass Report:
Sgt Edward A. Carter Jr. grew up wanting to fight. Although born in Los Angeles, he was raised by his parents in India, then China, until he ran away from home at 15 and joined the Chinese Nationalist Army to fight the Japanese. He was eventually kicked out when it was found he was only 15, so he made his way to Europe to join the Lincoln Brigade of American volunteers fighting in the Spanish Civil War. Then in 1941 he joined the US Army and served in Germany with the 12th Armored division.
It was March 23rd 1945 when his bravery reached a peak. While riding on a tank, they were hit with bazooka fire and the tank was disabled. Sgt Carter took his remaining three guys with him and set off across a field under fire to try to reach cover. Two were killed and one was grievously wounded while trying, but Sgt Carter made it to cover although hit and wounded five times by enemy fire. His hiding spot was then attacked by a squad of eight German soldiers, but although seriously injured, he fought back, killing six of them and capturing the other two. In order to get his prisoners where they could be questioned, he knew he had to re-cross the fields of fire. So using his captured Germans as a shield from enemy fire, he overcame his injuries and forced his way back to his unit, where his prisoners turned out to have valuable information.
Sgt Carter was found in 1997 to have been overlooked for the Medal of Honor due to his African American heritage, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor.