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Randall David Shughart



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Westminster (Garden of Benediction)

Born:  August 13, 1958 at Lincoln, NE

Entered Service in the US Army from Newville, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Somalia Action For heroism October 03, 1993 at Mogadishu, Somalia

Died:  October 03, 1993 at the age of 35

Sergeant First Class Shughart provided precision sniper fires from the lead helicopter during an assault on two helicopter crash sites. While providing critical suppressive fires at the second crash site, he and his team leader learned that ground forces were not available to secure the site. SFC Shughart and his team leader Master Sergeant Gary Gordon volunteered to be inserted to protect four wounded personnel. After their third request they received permission to perform this volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fire at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, SFC Shughart and his team leader were inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site. Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, SFC Shughart and his team leader fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. SFC Shughart pulled the pilot and crew from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position. SFC Shughart used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers while traveling the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. SFC Shughart continued his protective fire until he depleted his ammunition and was fatally wounded.



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