The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Harrison Benjamin Shauger, who died in the service of his country on September 30th, 1968 in Quang Duc Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Harrison was 21 years of age. He was from Vernon, New Jersey. Harrison is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 42W, Line 50.
The decorations earned by PFC Harrison Benjamin Shauger include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachute Badge, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
You may have only been my cousin, but you were more like my big brother, and will always have a place in my heart. I love you cuz, even if you didn't like my pancakes.
Posted by: Carol Ann (Shauger) Struble
(From his obituary)
Pfc. Harrison Shauger, who was 21 years old September 8, was killed by enemy gunfire Monday while on patrol at Duc Lap, Vietnam. He had been in Vietnam only three weeks.
Pfc. Shauger is the first serviceman from the Hamburg area to lose his life in the Vietnam campaign and he is Sussex County's 22nd victim.
Trained as a paratrooper, Shauger was assigned to Company C, 2/35th Infantry in Vietnam. In a letter dated September 25 and received here Wednesday, he said, "I want to drop you a line and let you know that I am OK. Tomorrow I go to Duc Lap."
In another letter to relatives, the soldier said, "I am out in the field right now living like a dog. But I guess I'll just have to put up with it for now."
"Boy I sure do miss all the fun I had on my leave; I wish I didn't have to leave. But all good things must come to an end sometime, and I guess I'll have to put up with a little work for a while."
Shauger had lived with his aunt and uncle since the death of his parents about five years ago. He was one of ten children. Shauger was a junior at Franklin High when he enlisted in the Army in October of 1965. He is survived by six sisters and two brothers.