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Randall David Shughart
Birth: Aug. 13, 1958
Lincoln
Lancaster County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Oct. 3, 1993, Somalia

Somalia Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army Rangers and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 3, 1993. Sergeant Shughart is one of two of the first Snipers in History to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor (the other being his comrade in Somalia Sergeant Gary Ivan Gordon). His official CMOH citation reads as follows: Sergeant First Class Shughart, United States Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on 3 October 1993, while serving as a Sniper Team Member, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu,Somalia. Sergeant First Class Shughart provided precision sniper fires from the lead helicopter during an assault on a building and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fires. While providing critical suppressive fires at the second crash site, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the site.Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader unhesitatingly volunteered to be inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being well aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After their third request to be inserted, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader received permission to perform this volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader were inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site. Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader, while under intense small arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Sergeant First Class Shughart pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position. Sergeant First Class Shughart used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers while traveling the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. Sergeant First Class Shughart continued his protective fire until he depleted his ammunition and was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Sergeant First Class Shughart's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army. His Medal of Honor was presented to his widow by President Clinton on May 23, 1994. 
 
Burial:
Westminster Memorial Gardens
Carlisle
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Garden of Benediction, Lot 230
 
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Record added: Jan 03, 2002
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God bless you and thank you for your honorable, selfless service. De Oppresso Liber. Rest in Peace.
- LTC B, USAR (ret)
 Added: Aug. 31, 2014

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