Paver Dedication for Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum

Posted by DarthDilbert at 10/01/2009 04:11:00 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- A paver stone honoring Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart will be unveiled and dedicated Saturday, October 10, at 11:00 a.m. at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum by the SFC Randall Shughart Memorial Chapter of the Special Forces Association, Carlisle, PA. The public is invited to attend.

Shughart (August 13, 1958 – October 3, 1993) is a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor. At the time of his death he was a non-commissioned officer in the Army's premiere special operations unit, the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1SFOD-D), or "Delta Force." Together with Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions he performed during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993.

Shughart distinguished himself on October 3, 1993, while serving as a Sniper Team Member with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Shughart provided precision sniper fire from the lead helicopter during an assault on a building and at two helicopter crash sites, while under intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fire. While providing critical suppressive fires at the second crash site, he and his team leader learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the site.

Shughart and his team leader volunteered to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After their third request to be inserted they received permission to perform this volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fire at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, they were inserted one hundred meters south of the crash.

Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Shughart and his team leader fought their way to reach the critically injured crew members. Shughart pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him in the most vulnerable position.

Shughart used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers while traveling the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. He continued his protective fire until he depleted his ammunition and was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life.

The Museum
Located in downtown Fayetteville, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum is part of the U.S. Army Museum System and tells the story of Army airborne and special operations units from 1940 to the present. Museum hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday; open Federal holiday Mondays. For more information call 910.643.2774 or visit the website at www.asomf.org.

Airborne & Special Operations Museum

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