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"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"
35th Infantry Regiment
"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"
The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, 2LT Randall Dale Shaffer, who died in the service of his country on November 14th, 1967 in Quang Tin Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Helicopter Crash. At the time of his death Randall was 21 years of age. He was from Aurora, West Virginia. Randall is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 29E, Line 98.
Randy Shaffer graduated from Aurora High School in Preston County, West Virginia, with the class of 1963. By 1965 the draft was looming over his head so Randy decided to enlist into the army with high hopes of going to Officer's Candidate School. He left for basic training in January 1966, graduated from OCS and arrived in Vietnam on June 3, 1967. In the meantime a beautiful baby girl (now an attorney) was born to Randy and Judy on September 6, 1966. Randy spent time as a platoon leader in 1/35 and then was rotated to Headquarters Company as the Battalion Liason Officer. He was flying on a reconnaissance mission near Xuan Cue with the battalion commander and others on November 14, 1967 when their aircraft was shot down by enemy fire. All on board perished. Preston County will not forget the contributions and sacrifices of Randall Shaffer as he is featured in a book I wrote, titled, NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN; PRESTONIANS WHO DIED IN VIETNAM. Between that book, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and The Virtual Wall, Randall Dale Shaffer and the 16 other Prestonians who died in Vietnam shall be remembered.