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Subject: Gen. Austin Shofner of Shelbyville, TN
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 02:13:55 EST
Found this article in the SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE (Shelbyville, TN), dated
September 29, 1998. My husband has Shofners in his line, but not this one,
that I know of.
SHOFNER PLAQUE PLACED AT UT
By Bo Melson (T-G staff writer)
Retired Brig. Gen. Austin Shofner of Shelbyville and the late Gen. Clifton
B. Cates of Tiptonville of the U.S. Marine Corps were honored earlier this
month in a ceremony at Stokely Athletic Center at the University of Tennessee.
Plaques were donated to UT in their honor by the Tennessee Chapter of the
First Marine Division Association.
Shofner graduated from UT in 1937 with degrees in science and commerce. He
played varsity football under Gen. Robert Newland and was also a member of the
wrestling team He entered the Marine Corps upon graduation. Shofner was
captured on Corregidor in the early days of World War II and was held by the
Japenese for 10 months and 28 days before leading the war's only successful
escape from a prisoner-of -war camp on April 4, 1943.
Following the escape, he fought with guerrilla forces on Mindanao before
being evacuated by submarine to Australia.
He requested to return to the Philippines and played a major role in
America's return to that area, then led assaults on Peleliu and Okinawa.
Following the ceremony, Shofner thanked everyone and spoke of his
dedication to UT and his years in combat. He told of returning to UT after
World War II to visit Gen. Neyland, who asked how he escaped from the
prisoner-of-war camp. Shofner said he reminded Gen. Neyland of his advice to
the football team to play for the breaks, and when they come, score.
"That's what I did," said Shofner.
Gen. Cates, a 1916 graduate of UT, played varsity football and baseball for
the Vols. He served with the Marines in World Wars I and II.
Hope this is of some use to a Shofner out there.