Some people just do it the right way. Thank you Sheldon Adelson.
H/t to BlackFive
Fifteen years ago during Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia, U.S. military forces became involved in the Battle of Mogadishu. Most of you will remember this from Mark Bowden’s book and the movie Black Hawk Down. Yet, hardly a word is mentioned in the media about this day and the valiant men who fought and died in this battle. It is up to us to carry on their memory.
Late in the afternoon of October 3, 1993, the soldiers of Task Force Ranger were sent on a mission to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade Somalian warlord and return to base. This mission was supposed to take less than an hour, but instead the soldiers were pinned down in the heart of Mogadishu and locked in a desperate struggle of kill or be killed. For more than 15 hours, U.S. soldiers were caught in a bloody firefight that resulted in the deaths of 18 Americans and some 500 Somalis.
Two of the Americans killed were Master Sgt. Gary I. Gordon and Sgt. 1st Class Randy Shughart. Both men were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for their extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty.
Sgt. 1st Class Randy Shughart
Master Sgt. Gary Gordon
The other Americans who lost their lives in the battle were: Chief Warrant Officer Donovan L. Briley, Staff Sgt. Daniel D. Busch, Cpl. James M. Cavaco, Staff Sgt. William D. Cleveland, Sgt. Thomas J. Field, Sgt. 1st Class Earl Fillmore, Chief Warrant Officer Raymond Frank, Sgt. Cornell Houston, Sgt. James Z. “Casey” Joyce, Pvt. Richard W. “Alphabet” Kowaleski, Pvt. James Martin, Master Sgt. Timothy “Griz” Martin, Sgt. Dominick M. Pilla, Sgt. Lorenzo M. Ruiz, Cpl. James E. “Jamie” Smith, and Chief Warrant Officer Clifton “Elvis” Wolcott.
Godspeed to all.