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U.S. Ship Named for Army Hero

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 2, 1996 – The U.S. Navy has named the first of a new class of cargo ships in honor of an Army Medal of Honor recipient killed in Somalia.

The USNS Shughart, a large, medium-speed roll-on/roll-off ship, was christened April 13 in honor of Army Sgt. 1st Class Randall David Shughart, was cited posthumously for gallantry in Mogadishu in October 1994 while attempting to rescue a downed helicopter pilot, Army officials said.

Shughart, from Lincoln, Neb., was born Aug. 13, 1958. His widow, Stephanie, christened the ship.

The Shughart is the first of three commercial container ships purchased from a private shipping line to be converted to a sealift cargo ship by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, according to Navy officials. Two more ships are being converted by Newport News (Va.) Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. All five conversions will be named after Medal of Honor recipients, Navy officials said.

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