Actual footage of 1993 Black Hawk down

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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.

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


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  1. SGt Shughart is from my town and buried not far from me. Men like SGT Shughart and anyone else in the military have my upmost respect. If our leaders had their values America would not be in such a state of chaos.
    Semper Fi

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    A local hero

  3. And from the movie…

  4. That this happened at all is a symptom of failed US diplomacy. We rely far too much on militarism when we could avoid 90% of that grief by enabling the diplomatic corps to do more. The real problem is that when they don’t get it right in the eyes of TPTB, the military’s all-too-quickly sacrificed, as per Benghazi.

    It’s long past time to follow our Founders:

    1. LIMIT terms of service to 8 years; and
    2. they do NOT need golden pensions and perks; and
    3. they get the same Soc Sec and benefits as We, the People, do; and
    3. if they don’t like these terms, why I’m certain there are thousands of us who will step up to bat.

    Hell, I’ll serve at half of what they get, and I’ll pay all my personal bills, not fob them on tax-payers. And you can call my book-keeper any time to ask what’s going on.

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  6. Fuck the American after 20 years now only the Malaysian Army who rescued them was finally given recognition….such an arrogant nation double standard…EVIL YOU DAMN USA

    • Ahmad Mat Din,

      F this. F that. Are all Malays in Kuala Lumpur as foul-mouthed as you?

      The Malaysian Army “rescued” everyone? Really? You are, at best, grandiose, and at worst, delusional.

      The relief convoy that rescued the downed Black Hawk was comprised of U.S. Task Force 2–14 Infantry, U.S. 10th Mountain Division, accompanied by Malaysian and Pakistani U.N. forces. In all, 18 U.S. soldiers were killed in action during the battle of Mogadishu and another 73 were wounded in action. The Malaysian forces lost one soldier and had seven injured, while the Pakistanis suffered two injured.

      • You shouldnt even waste your time talking to that mud slinger. He looks as stupid as he sounds. They were in the rear with the gear. The only reason one of them died was because he choked on his bowl of rice. The things that come out of his mouth are nothing compared to what goes into it. If you get what im saying. Its funny how these little shit countries want to take credit for standing around with American troops. Also funny how they dont do shit until we make a move. Roger that on that foul mouth.

    • You are an idiot! 10th Mountain Division 87th reg. You can go to hell with your weren’t there and that gives you no right to say anything. Even if you were told what had happened there, you still would not be able to understand. You say fuck America? Come say it to my face!! I will pull your eyes out and cut off your tongue! Piece of shit you are.

    • Come say it to my face,I will pull your eyes out and cut out your tongue. 10th Mountain Division 87th regiment. Go make a t-shirt or something. Ha Malays rescued everybody?! You are a funny retard! Somebody should give you a fork.

  7. Mandela is the best

    Ahmad you are shit ignorant. Stay in you fucking square and don’t move on civilized part of the world because if you promote hate you receive hate. Aprende a vivir en harmonia pedazo de idiota! Estoy seguro que no sabes una mired de historia!


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