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Paul Schaus
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Schaus in 2015
Birth name Paul Schaus
Born November 8, 1988(1988-11-08) (age 31)
Place of birth North Tonawanda, New York, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 2006–2011
Rank USMC-E4 Corporal
Unit 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines [1]

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Purple Heart ribbon Purple Heart
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon Navy Achievement Medal

Combat Action Ribbon Combat Action Ribbon
Paul Schaus
Born November 8, 1988(1988-11-08) (age 31)
North Tonawanda, New York, U.S.
Nationality United States
Education Kenmore West Senior High School
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Weight 155 pounds (70 kg)

Paul Schaus (born November 8, 1988) is an American gold medal ice sledge hockey player and Purple Heart recipient from Buffalo, New York.

Early lifeEdit

Schaus attended Kenmore West High School, and graduated class of 2006.[2] Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps

Military lifeEdit

In 2008, Schaus unit was deployed to Iraq where he was assigned the role of a fireteam scout/rifleman. Following the 8-month tour in Iraq, the following year his unit was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan where Schaus was assigned the role of a Fireteam team leader.[3]


On June 5, 2009, Lance Corporal Schaus's unit was sent to protect another squad as they set out to destroy an enemy bunker. During that time, his squad came under fire with mortar & small arms fire. In response, Schaus's squad engaged the enemy, even in close range.[3] As Schaus took his team to check their flank for enemy movement he stepped on an IED which tore his legs and severed his left ring finger.[4]

He was evacuated to Camp Leatherneck where while there, he went into cardiac arrest twice. He was then evacuated to Landstuhl, Germany. He was transferred to Bethesda Naval Medical Center and shortly, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where subsequently, he had both legs amputated above the knee. As a result of his actions, Schaus was awarded the Purple Heart and was discharged from the military in 2011.

Hockey careerEdit

From 2010 to 2012 seasons he served on USA Warriors team and from 2011 to 2012 served on Buffalo Sabres which team due to his help won two champion titles in a row. In 2013 he won silver medal in the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship and then won another one in its Challenge, prior to which he won gold there too in 2012. His first Paralympic games were 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia where he won a gold medal.[5]


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