Ron was promptly whisked away on a military transport to Washington D. where he was awarded the Medal of Honor, The Navy Cross and a Silver Star with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Joe had written up every act of bravery Ron had performed and submitted them along with supporting statements to his Commanding Officer with signatures of every squad member plus members of other units that had been saved by or observed Ron’s actions under fire.
When their Company was finally relieved to return home the entire squad was intact.
This was the man that no matter how fierce the fire fight would be heard saying, “I’m gonna kick me some Taliban ass”, and then went and did it.
He was personally responsible for saving their asses quite a few times and afterwards would always say with a big grin on his face, “That’s what they pay me for gents”.
Ron returned to the squad less than a month after the funeral.
He seemed even more protective of his squad members now and seemed to take unnecessary risks to do so.