Actual footage of 1993 Black Hawk down

The excellent 2001 movie Black Hawk Down, directed by Ridley Scott, is an adaptation of Mark Bowden’s book of the same name about a real life traumatic event — the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia which took place in the first year of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

Black Hawk downSuper 64 crew.  Image Credit: Jean Sasson

The Battle of Mogadishu was a part of the U.S. Army’s infamous Operation Gothic Serpent that aimed at capturing the Mogadishu Warlord, Mohammed Farrah Aidid.

On Oct. 3, 1993, a team of “Delta Force” U.S. Army Rangers in Super 61 Black Hawk helicopters went on a raid to capture Aidid.

But the operation that was to last only a few minutes dramatically extended to over 17.5 excruciating hours when one of the Black Hawks was shot down by the Somali rebels. Later a second Hawk was shot down as well.

Gary Gordon and Randy ShughartMSG Gary Gordon (l); SFC Randy Shughart (r)

Delta Force’s Master Sergeant Gary Gordon and Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart volunteered heroically to secure the crash site.  The Somalis killed Gordon and Shughart, taking Michael Durant, the pilot, a hostage (who later was released).

The remaining Delta operators and US Rangers fought their way to the crash site. They were eventually rescued by the US Army 10th Mountain Division with the help of the UN forces consisting of Pakistani and Malaysian soldiers.

Both Shughart and Gordon received posthumous Medals of Honor.

(Sources: The Aviationist and Wikipedia)

Two days ago, CBS aired the actual footage of what happened.

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After the traumatic “Black Hawk down” incident, no U.S. soldier goes to fight without NVG (Night Vision Goggles) and water supply.

~Eowyn

Dr. Eowyn is the Editor of Fellowship of the Minds.

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