Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
August 13, 1958 at Lincoln, NE
Service in the US Army from Newville, PA
03, 1993 at the age of 35
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Somalia Action For
heroism October 03, 1993 at Mogadishu, Somalia
Class Shughart provided precision sniper fires from the lead
helicopter during an assault on two helicopter crash sites.
While providing critical suppressive fires at the second crash
site, he and his team leader learned that ground forces were not
available to secure the site. SFC Shughart and his team leader
Master Sergeant Gary Gordon volunteered to be inserted to
protect four wounded personnel. After their third request they
received permission to perform this volunteer mission. When
debris and enemy ground fire 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, SFC Shughart and his
team leader fought their way through a dense maze of shanties
and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. SFC
Shughart pulled the pilot and crew 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 traveling the perimeter, protecting the downed
crew. SFC Shughart continued his protective fire until he
depleted his ammunition and was fatally wounded.