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Shelbyville in Bedford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Austin C. Shofner

 
 
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By Tom Gillard, December 1, 2009
1. Austin C. Shofner Marker
Inscription. Because Shofner and his compatriots brought home stark evidence of Japanese atrocities, the United States and their allies were compelled to alter their strategy in WWII. These reports of Japanese atrocities ignited an urgency to resolve the war against Japan more quickly. In response to these reports relayed by Shofner and his men, the allied nations developed operation to take the war directly to the Japanese homeland. Thereafter, the war in the Pacific was fought with the same priority as the war in Europe. With a new expedient strategy, the Allies shortened the war and saved countless thousands of lives.

In 1944, Shofner returned to the Pacific Theater. During the campaign to liberate the Philippines, Shofner assisted the General of the Armies, Douglas MacArthur, and his forces. Thought Shofner's personal reconnaissance behind enemy lines and his liaison with guerrillas leaders, Shofner helped rescue over 500 American and Allied prisoners slated for death in the Japanese prison camp at Cabanuatuan. In addition, Shofner commanded Marine battalions in the battles for Pelellu and Okinawa.

For his service in WWII, Shofner was awarded the Army's Distinguished Service Cross, the Legion of Merit with V for Valor, two Silver Stars, the Bronze Star with V, two Purple Hearts and the Chinese Cloud and Banner, along with
Austin C. Shofner Marker overview image. Click for full size.
By Tom Gillard, December 1, 2009
2. Austin C. Shofner Marker overview
numerous campaign and service medals.

In 1959, Shofner retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Brigadier General and returned home to Bedford County.
 
Erected by Tennessee Chapter First Marine Division Association.
 
Location. 35° 29.24′ N, 86° 27.56′ W. Marker is in Shelbyville, Tennessee, in Bedford County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main St. (U.S. 82) and Florida Short Route, on the right when traveling south on North Main St.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shelbyville TN 37160, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Church of the Redeemer (approx. 0.2 miles away); Henry Brevard Davidson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shelbyville, Tennessee (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tribute to Revolutionary War Veterans of Bedford County, Tennessee (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tribute to Veterans of Bedford County, Tennessee (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fighting in Shelbyville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tribute to World War I Veterans of Bedford County, Tennessee (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bedford County, Tennessee Veterans Memorial Plaza (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelbyville.
 
Also see . . .  Obituary for Austin C. Shofner.
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By Tom Gillard, January 26, 2010
3. Austin C. Shofner Grave
Martin Shofner in the left background.
(Submitted on January 24, 2010, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. HeroesNotable PersonsWar, World II
 
Austin C. Shofner Grave image. Click for full size.
By Tom Gillard, January 26, 2010
4. Austin C. Shofner Grave
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2009, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 3,140 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2009, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee.   3, 4. submitted on January 26, 2010, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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