Medal of Honor recipient shares his story at Fort Sill
The Army’s newest celebrity, Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams, arrived at Fort Sill Thursday as part of a 4-day tour of Oklahoma.
Williams is the second member of Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3336 to receive the Medal of Honor and be inducted into the Hall of Heroes before an assemblage of the biggest names in the U.S. Army. Both he and then-Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer II, ODA 3336’s medic were recognized for their parts in the rescue of four critically wounded soldiers while blocking the enemy from overrunning their position in Shok Valley, Afghanistan, in October 2008.
Shurer received his honors a year ago, Williams on Oct. 30 and 31.
“It was overwhelming. It’s a great honor, and ultimately (I’m) extremely humbled by it all. To be standing up there in front of all those people was amazing. But really, ultimately it’s just a great opportunity to make sure that the story of the team, ODA 3336, is known and the valor and the things that all the guys that were there that day did,” Williams said.
“By no means was it my actions alone. Everybody that day came together. We fought as a team and worked together, and that’s really the reason I’m standing here today.”
As for what was running through his head that day, “we didn’t really have the time to think about what’s happening, what’s going on and how bad it is or anything like that. We focused on getting our wounded guys out of there.
“When we ended up taking four casualties our mission changed drastically. And it became a situation of fighting for your brothers and fighting for one another and making sure that we all could get home safely.