Honoring the Life of Lieutenant General Wilson A. ``Dutch’’ Shoffner, Usa, Retiredby Representative Kenny Marchant
Posted on 2014-01-08
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Mr. MARCHANT. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to honor the life and service
of Lieutenant General Wilson A. ``Dutch'' Shoffner, USA, Retired, of
Colleyville, Texas, who passed away on January 3, 2014, at the age of
Lt. Gen. Shoffner, born in 1938 to Fred and Jewell Shoffner, was originally from Ryan, Oklahoma. He attended Cameron State Agricultural College (now Cameron University) where he participated in ROTC, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Student Government Association; and later graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1961. Shortly thereafter, he joined the United States Army, and was commissioned in Field Artillery in 1967.
In his thirty-two years of service, which included the Vietnam War, Lt. Gen. Shoffner commanded the 214th Field Artillery brigade in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, the 3rd Infantry Division in Wurzburg, West Germany, and the Combined Arms Command at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. His many positions also included being the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations in Washington, DC. He earned his third star and the rank of Lieutenant General in 1991. Lt. Gen. Shoffner had also received a Bronze Star and a Distinguished Service Medal, which is awarded for exceptional performance in a duty of great responsibility.
After retiring from the Army in 1993, Shoffner became Vice President for Product Development at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie, Texas. In 2003, he retired from that position but continued to volunteer at community organizations and speak to ROTC cadets at Cameron University. He is in the alumni hall of fame at both Cameron and Oklahoma State University.
Lt. Gen. Shoffner was recently preceded in death by his wife of fifty-two years, Beverly, of Lawton, Oklahoma. Together they had two sons, Al and Andy, He is survived by four sisters--Myra, Jean, Joan, and Judy--and three grandchildren--Kristin, Lauren, and Austin.
Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the 24th Congressional District of Texas, I ask all my distinguished colleagues to join me in remembering [[Page E24]] and honoring Lieutenant General Wilson and his thirty-two years of admirable service to the United States.