Al Schaufelberger was born on August 8, 1949, in Annapolis, Maryland. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy on June 28, 1967, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy on June 9, 1971. ENS Schaufelberger next attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training with Class 65 at NAB Coronado, California, from August 1971 to March 1972, followed by service with Underwater Demolition Team TWELVE from March 1972 to June 1975. During this time he served on the recovery crew for the SKYLAB III mission in September 1973, and Operation Frequent Wind in South Vietnam in April 1975. LT Schaufelberger's next assignment was as the Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Platoon Commander with SEAL Team ONE at NAB Coronado from June 1975 to November 1976, and then as an SDV Instructor with BUD/S training at NAB Coronado from November 1976 to January 1979. He served as an Ordnance Officer, Platoon Commander, SEAL WESTPAC Detachment Commander, and Operations Officer with SEAL Team ONE at Coronado from January 1979 to February 1981, and then attended the Spanish Language Course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, from February 1981 to February 1982. After additional training, LCDR Schaufelberger served as Senior U.S. Naval Representative at the U.S. Military Group, El Salvador, and as Security Chief for the American military advisors in El Salvador from August 1982 until he was assassinated by insurgents at the Central American University in San Salvador on May 25, 1983. Per his instructions, his remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean from a Navy SEAL Patrol Boat off of Coronado Island.
The Sailor's Creed:
I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.