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Jeffrey Richard Scharver

Date of birth: May 16, 1958
Date of death: October 25, 1983
Place of Birth: Ohio, Canton
Home of record: Canton Ohio
Status: KIA

Jeffrey Scharver was submitted for the Medal of Honor for this action, and a proposed citation was written for his action. As such he was the first Marine to even be nominated for the Medal of Honor for actions after the end of the Vietnam War.


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Invasion of Grenada

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Jeffrey Richard Scharver, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an AH-1T (TOW) Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot in Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron TWO HUNDRED SIXTY-ONE (HMM-261), Twenty-Second Marine Amphibious Unit conducting combat operations on the Island of Grenada in support of Operation URGENT FURY, on 25 October 1983. While conducting an armed reconnaissance mission in support of ground forces, First Lieutenant Scharver's wingman was hit by multiple anti-aircraft artillery projectiles and forced down behind enemy lines. With full knowledge of their vulnerability as a single aircraft without a wingman's protective cover and with total disregard for their own safety, First Lieutenant Scharver and his pilot exposed their aircraft to heavy anti-aircraft artillery fire while engaging enemy ground forces and preventing the certain capture of the helpless and gravely wounded crew. Requesting assistance from a rescue aircraft and organizing the rescue attempt, First Lieutenant Scharver and his pilot fearlessly continued to engage the anti-aircraft emplacements that encircled the zone protecting the more vulnerable rescue aircraft and buying enough time to effect a successful rescue. Purposely remaining behind until the rescue aircraft could escape the enemy fire, First Lieutenant Scharver sacrificed his life after a gallant struggle so that others might live. By his extraordinary courage, uncommon valor, and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of danger, First Lieutenant Scharver reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: October 25, 1983

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261)

Division: 22d Marine Amphibious Unit