After being presented Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor on October 30, 2019, Master Sgt. Matthew O. Williams gave his first public interview on Friday and said that the ceremony was “overwhelming, to say the least, and extremely humbling.”
“It’s a real testament to the capabilities and what the U.S. Special Forces, specifically the Green Berets, are capable of,” Williams told “Fox & Friends.”
Sgt. Williams received the highest decoration for his great bravery and sacrifice when he fought his way up a frozen mountain in Afghanistan to help rescue wounded comrades during a mission to kill or capture a terrorist leader. 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, was at the White House Wednesday, joined by his wife, Kate, and their 2-year-old son, Nolan. At the ceremony, President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to Williams.
Williams “put his own life in great peril to save his comrades,” Trump said during the White House ceremony.
Williams joined the Army in 2005. He deployed to Afghanistan multiple times throughout his military career. The battle was one of the most difficult during his time in Afghanistan, he told Stars and Stripes.
This was not the first decoration for the Texas native veteran who was previously awarded the Silver Star for his heroics during the six-hour battle on April 6, 2008, in Afghanistan’s Shok Valley. A Green Beret was part of a joint U.S.-Afghan raid hunting Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the former Hezebela Islami Gulbadin militia, the Army Times reported at the time.
He was serving as a weapons sergeant with the Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3336 (ODA3336) at the time.
The actions in this battle were a a real testament to the capabilities and what the U.S. Special Forces, specifically the Green Berets, are capable of.