Special Forces soldier to be only Medal of Honor recipient still on Active Duty

A Fort Bragg soldier still on active duty will be awarded the Medal of Honor later this month for his actions in Afghanistan in 2008.

On Oct. 30, President Trump will award the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams for conspicuous gallantry while serving as a weapons sergeant in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to a news release from the White House.

On April 6, 2008, then-Sgt. Williams exposed himself to insurgent fire multiple times while rescuing other members of his unit, Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, and evacuating numerous casualties.

In the face of rocket-propelled grenade, sniper and machine gun fire, Williams led an Afghan Commando element across a fast-moving, ice-cold and waist-deep river to fight its way up a terraced mountain to the besieged lead element of the assault force, the release states.

Williams then set up a base of fire that the enemy was not able to overcome.

When his Team Sergeant was wounded by sniper fire, Williams exposed himself to enemy fire to come to his aid and to move him down the sheer mountainside to the casualty collection point, according to the release. Williams then braved small arms fire and climbed back up the cliff to evacuate other injured soldiers and repair the team’s satellite radio. He again exposed himself to enemy fire as he helped move several casualties down the near vertical mountainside and as he carried and loaded casualties on to evacuation helicopters.

“Sergeant Williams’s actions helped save the lives of four critically wounded Soldiers and prevented the lead element of the assault force from being overrun by the enemy,” the release states.

Originally from Boerne, Texas, Williams joined the U.S. Army on May 16, 2005.

In 2008, he deployed to Afghanistan with Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, Special Operations Task Force-33.

The married father of one is still serving in the Army and is assigned to Fort Bragg.

(It is not known if Special Forces veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, William Stevenson returned back to service after receiving the medal in 2013)


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