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Somalia (Operation Restore Hope) - U.S. Army

Randall David Shughart

  • Rank: Sergeant First Class
  • Conflict/Era: Somalia (Operation Restore Hope)
  • Unit/Command:
    Task Force Ranger,
    Special Operations Command
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 3, 1993
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Mogadishu, Somalia

Sfc. Randall D. 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. Sfc. Shughart provided precision sniper fires from the lead helicoper 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, Sfc. Shughart and his team leader learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the site. Sfc. 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, Sfc. 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, Sfc. 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. Sfc. 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. Sfc. Shughart used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers while travelling the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. Sfc. Shughart continued his protective fire until he depleted his ammunition and was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Sfc. Shughart's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

Medal of Honor Recipient Randall D. Shughart
Medal of Honor Recipient Randall D. Shughart
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Newville, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 23, 1994

    The White House, presented by Pres. William J. Clinton to his Widow

  • Born: August 13, 1958, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, United States
  • Died: October 3, 1993, Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Buried: Westminster Memorial Gardens (MH) (230-G-2), Carlisle, PA, United States

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