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Randall David Shughart

Date of birth: August 13, 1958
Date of death: October 4, 1993
Burial location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Place of Birth: Nebraska, Lincoln
Home of record: Newville Pennsylvania
Status: KIA

Randall Shughart was raised in a U.S. Air Force family that settled on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania after his father retired from active duty service. Both he and fellow "Delta" Operator Gary Gordon, a close friend as well as team member, were Killed in Action during the Somalia mission that became known as the "Blackhawk Down" mission. Both Shughart and Gordon were awarded Posthumous Medals of Honor, the only Medal of Honor Awards in the interim between the Vietnam War and the Global War on Terrorism.


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the United Nations Operations in Somalia II

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class Randall David Shughart, United States Army, for gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life 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, in support of Operation RESTORE HOPE. On that date, 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.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 14 (May 23, 1994)

Action Date: October 3, 1993

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Company: 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta

Regiment: (Task Force Ranger)

Division: Special Operations Command