Remembering The Battle Of Mogadishu, Oct. 3rd, 1993


Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Task Force Ranger, Operation Gothic Serpent

Today is a very important day in the history of the United States Army's 75th Ranger Regiment.  On October 3rd, 1984 3rd Ranger Battalion was stood up at Fort Benning, GA. However, 26 years ago elements of the Battalion would conduct a daylight raid into the heart of the city of Mogadishu as part of Operation: Gothic Serpent.
Task Force Ranger engaged in the most intense ground combat the US Military had experienced since Vietnam. The Battle of Mogadishu began as a raid to capture High Value Targets (HVT), but quickly changed when two US Army Blackhawk helicopters belonging to the elite 160th SOAR were shot down. I write this to honor the memory of the Airborne Rangers in the Sky and the SOF community members.
Super 6-4 flying over the city of Mogadishu. This was the second helicopter to be shot down during the raid.

The crew of Super 6-4 from left to right: Winn Mahuron, Tommy Field, Bill Cleveland, Ray Frank, Mike Durant

The fallen Rangers from B Co, 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, known as Airborne Rangers in the Sky. Their memory lives on to this day in Regiment, with every new Ranger of B Co, 3/75 memorizing their names:

• CPL James "Jamie" E. Smith, 21, Killed around crash site one. Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart

• SPC James M. Cavaco, 26, Killed on the Lost Convoy. Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart

• SGT James Casey Joyce, 24, Killed on the Lost Convoy. Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart

• CPL Richard "Alphabet" W. Kowalewski, Jr. 20, Killed on the Lost Convoy by an RPG. Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart

• SGT Dominick M. Pilla, 21, Killed on Struecker's convoy. Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart

• SGT Lorenzo M. Ruiz, 27, Mortally wounded on the Lost Convoy, died en route to a field hospital in Germany. Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart

U.S. Army Special Operations Command (Delta Force, although they change their name often):

• MSG Gary Ivan Gordon, 33, Killed defending Super Six-Four's crew, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart

• SFC Randy Shughart, 35, Killed defending Super Six-Four's crew, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart

• SSG Daniel D. Busch, 25, Crashed on Super Six-One, mortally wounded defending the downed crew. Silver Star, Purple Heart

• SFC Earl Robert Fillmore, Jr. 28, Killed moving to the first crash site. Silver Star, Purple Heart

• MSG Timothy "Griz" Lynn Martin, 38, Mortally wounded by an RPG on the Lost Convoy, died while en route to a field hospital in Germany. Silver Star, Purple Heart

SSG Matthew Rierson was killed during a follow on Mortar attack on Oct 6, 1993
A view of the streets from a Rangers point of view

160th Memorial, with AH-6J/MH-6 Little Birds. The MH-6s were used to insert Delta Operators, while the AH-6s were used to provide fire support

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Nightstalkers)

• SSG William "Wild Bill" David Cleveland, Jr. 34, Crew chief on Super Six-Four, killed.. Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart

• SSG Thomas "Tommie" J. Field, 25, Crew chief on Super Six-Four, killed Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart

• CW4 Raymond "Ironman" Alex Frank, 45, Super Six-Four's copilot, killed Silver Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart

• CW3 Clifton "Elvis" P. Wolcott, 36, Super Six-One's pilot, died in crash Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart

• CW3 Donovan "Bull" Lee Briley, 33, Super Six-One's copilot, died in crash Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
10th Mountain Division Memorial, a very cool depiction of a World War 2 mountaineer aiding his legacy up the mountain.

10th Mountain, along with international UN forces were involved in the later stages of the Battle. Their contributions shall not be forgotten.

2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division

• SGT Cornell Lemont Houston, Sr. 41st Engr BN, 31, Killed on the rescue convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device, de Fleury Medal, Purple Heart

• PFC James Henry Martin, Jr. 23, Killed on the rescue convoy, Purple Heart

I share this in hopes that their memories live on; that they are not forgotten outside of Regiment or the Special Operations Community .
One for the Airborne Ranger in the Sky!

RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!
NIGHTSTALKERS DONT QUIT
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