Sniper, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta
— 1976-1993 —Raised on a farm in Newville, Pennsylvania, Randall D. Shughart joined the Army after graduating from high school in 1976 and became a member of the elite Special Forces. During the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, SFC Shugart and his team leader Gary I. Gordon were providing sniper fire from the lead helicopter to support ground assault operations and covering two helicopter crash sites. When it became apparent that ground forces were not able to secure the area, both Soldiers volunteered to be inserted in to the second crash site, knowing that the crew lay wounded and that a large number of the enemy were approaching. The sniper team fought their way to the crash site, pulled the crew from the crashed helicopter and set up a security perimeter, putting themselves at the most vulnerable spots. Armed only with their sniper rifles and pistols they held off the enemy until their ammunition was depleted. Their action was directly responsible for saving the life of the pilot. For his selfless service that day SFC Shughart was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Across the nation SFC Shughart's service and sacrifice has been honored in different ways. His hometown named the Post Office after him and started a scholarship fund in his honor. The Army named a barracks and urban warfare training site after him and the Navy christened a ship the USNS Randall D. Shughart.
|Series||This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series|
|Placed By||US Army War College and US Army Heritage and Education Centery|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 316157 N 4453014|
|Decimal Degrees||40.20740000, -77.16020000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 12.444', W 77° 9.612'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 12' 26.64" N, 77° 9' 36.72" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 950 Soldiers Dr, Carlisle PA 17013, US|
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