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New memorial dedicated to Newville war hero

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Twenty years after he was killed in the line of duty, a Cumberland County soldier was honored Thursday by his community.

The story of Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart was made famous in the movie Black Hawk Down.

A special ceremony was held in the Westminster Cemetery in North Middleton Township, which is where Shughart is buried. A new cemetery marker was dedicated to memorialize his courage and sacrifice 20 years ago in Somalia.

The ceremony began with a flyover, done by a helicopter similar to the one Shughart flew.

Shughart grew up in Newville, Cumberland County. He was part of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command as a sniper team member.

He died in the line of duty on October 3, 1993. Shughart was serving in Mogadishu, Somalia when a helicopter went down nearby. Shughart fought to rescue the crew, sacrificing his own life to save the helicopter pilot.

Shughart was awarded the medal of honor for his bravery.

On the 20th anniversary of Shughart's death, friends, family, soldiers, and strangers gathered to honor his courage, dedication, and sacrifice.

"It was his duty to do what he had to do even though he knew that it would probably be his own demise, and that is truly serving your country to the utmost.  And I don't think it gets any better than that," said Jill Davis of Newville.

On the memorial is a Shughart family quote; "It takes a remarkable person to not just read a creed, or memorize a creed, but, to live a creed."  

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