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.


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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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.
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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… Read more »


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Ahmad Mat Din

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

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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!