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After nearly 30 years, I still vividly remember….

October 3rd is the anniversary of the Mogadishu, Somalia raid. The 18 Americans killed were:

  • MSG Gary Gordon, 1st SFOD-D
  • SFC Randy Shughart, 1st SFOD-D
  • SSG Daniel Busch, 1st SFOD-D
  • SFC Earl Fillmore, 1st SFOD-D
  • MSG Timothy Martin, 1st SFOD-D
  • CPL Jamie Smith, 3/75 Ranger
  • SPC James Cavaco, 3/75 Ranger
  • SGT Casey Joyce, 3/75 Ranger
  • PFC Richard Kowaleski, 3/75 Ranger
  • SGT Dominic Pilla, 3/75 Ranger
  • SGT Lorenzo Ruis, 3/75 Ranger
  • SSG William Cleveland, Jr. 160th SOAR
  • SSG Thomas Field, 160th SOAR
  • CW4 Raymond Frank, 160th SOAR
  • CW3 Clifton Wolcott, 160th SOAR
  • CW2 Donovan Briley, 160th SOAR
  • SGT Cornell Houston, 10th MTN DIV
  • PFC James Martin, 10th MTN DIV

The Somalis killed were unnamed and un-numbered, but estimates range from 315 to 2,000 KIAs.

The events of October 3, 1993 were memorialized in the movie Black Hawk Down.

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