Jeffery Richard Scharver, USMC, was born on May 16, 1958 in Canton, Ohio. he was graduated from Ohio State University. On October 25, 1983 while assigned to USMC Helicopter Squadron HMM-261 and deployed with the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit(MAU) in Operation Urgent Fury on the island of Grenada. An amphibious assault was launched from his ship USS Guam LPH-9 to evacuate 600 American students trapped by the Peoples Revolutionary Army and Cuban forces. US Marines from E and F companies came under heavy fire from 3 Soviet made 12.77mm guns. Lt Scharver in one of the two USMC AH-1T Cobra Helicopters engaged the enemy positions delivering accurate close air support for the US Marines on the ground. Lt Scharver's wingman AH-1T helecopter was hit and forced to land behind enemy lines. Without benifit of wingman cover and disregard for their own safety Lt Scharver and his pilot engaged enemy forces and prevented capture of the downed aircrew. While coordinating a rescue mission to free the trapped students Lt Scharver continued to engage the enemy and sacrificed his own life. For his heroism Lt Scharver was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, and Purple Heart for his courage, uncommon valor and stedfast devotion.
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