Tuesday, September 27, 2005
He Deserves More . . .
but this is a good start:
The facility of the United States Postal Service located at 57 West Street in Newville, Pennsylvania, shall be known and designated as the `Randall D. Shughart Post Office Building'.Who?
Sergeant First Class 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.
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. . . . Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader unhesitatingly volunteered to be inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel . . .After their third request to be inserted, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader received permission to perform this volunteer mission. 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.
Godspeed, Sgt. Shughart. Rest in peace, and thank you for your service.