Albert Schaufelbagger was born on March 24, 1927. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1945, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy on June 3, 1949. After completing flight training and earning his designation as a Naval Aviator in 1951, LT Schaufelberger served as an AD-5N Skyraider pilot with VA(AW)-33 at NAS Atlantic City, New Jersey, from 1951 to 1954. His next assignment was as an ordnance test pilot at the Naval Proving Grounds in Dalhgren, Virginia, from 1954 to 1955, followed by Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California, from July 1955 to August 1957. He then attended the University of Michigan to complete his master's degree in June 1958. LCDR Schaufelberger served as an instructor at the Nuclear Weapons Training Center, Pacific, from June 1958 to July 1960, and then attended A-4 Skyhawk Replacement Air Group (RAG) training with VA-125 at NAS Moffett Field, California, from July to December 1960. His next assignment was as an A-4 pilot, maintenance officer, and then operations officer of VA-113 at NAS Lemoore, California, from December 1960 to December 1962, followed by service as Weapons Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) from December 1962 to December 1964. CDR Schaufelberger attended Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, from December 1964 to June 1965, and then attended A-4 RAG training with VA-125 at NAS Lemoore from to December 1965. His next assignment was as Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer of VA-146 at NAS Lemoore from December 1965 to January 1967, and during this time he deployed with his squadron aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61) to Vietnam from January to August 1966. CAPT Schaufelberger next served as Executive Assistant to the Projects Manager with Naval Air Systems Command from January 1967 to January 1968, and then as Commanding Officer of Carrier Air Wing 5 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31), from January 1968 to November 1969. During this time he deployed to Southeast Asia with his air wing from January to October 1968, and from March to October 1969. His final assignment was as a project manager back with Naval Air Systems Command from November 1969 until his retirement from the Navy on July 1, 1975. Albert Schaufelberger died on May 16, 2014. Per his instructions, his remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered off Fripp Island, South Carolina.
His Legion of Merit w/Valor Citation reads:
For heroic service in connection with operations against the enemy while attached to and commanding Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED FORTY-SIX, a unit of Attack Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN embarked in USS RANGER (CVA-61) from February to August 1966. Under the leadership of Commander SCHAUFELBERGER, his squadron led all others embarked in numbers of combat missions and combat hours flown. During this period his extensive knowledge was repeatedly called upon in the planning, weaponeering and selection of tactics for a wide variety of targets. The bet measurement of his judgement and outstanding leadership is that in well over 2600 combat sorties flown under his command not one pilot was lost, and only one aircraft was lost to enemy action. He personally led over 170 combat missions, more than any other pilot embarked. He was called upon to lead some of the most demanding strikes for which the Air Wing was scheduled and his superior planning and judgement during these strikes were superbly demonstrated by the fact that not one airplane was ever lost or seriously damaged. Commander SCHAUFELBERGER's outstanding dedication, dynamic leadership, and unwavering devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander SCHAUFELBERGER is authorized to wear the Combat V.