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    Operation Gothic Serpent 20th anniversary

    It was on October 3rd that Operation Gothic Serpent took place in Mogadishu 20 years ago.

    RIP Warriors, who gave their lives to defend the defenseless, for those who were starving to death in Somalia, Mogadishu.

    Name, Age, Action, Medal

    1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta
    MSG Gary Gordon 33. Killed defending the crew of Super Six-Four Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    SFC Randy Shughart 35. Killed defending the crew of Super Six-Four Medal of Honor, Purple Heart
    SSG Daniel Busch 25. Crashed on Super Six-One, mortally wounded defending the downed crew Silver Star, Purple Heart
    SFC Earl Fillmore 28. Killed moving to the first crash site Silver Star, Purple Heart
    MSG Tim "Griz" Martin 38. Mortally wounded on the Lost Convoy Silver Star, Purple Heart.[28][29]

    3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
    CPL Jamie Smith 21. Mortally wounded with the pinned-down force around crash site one Bronze Star with Valor Device and Oak leaf cluster,
    Purple Heart
    SPC James Cavaco 26. Killed on the Lost Convoy. Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
    SGT Casey Joyce 24. Killed on the Lost Convoy . Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
    PFC Richard "Alphabet" Kowalewski 20. Mortally wounded on the Lost Convoy, died later that day. Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
    SGT Dominick Pilla 21. Killed on Struecker's convoy. Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
    SGT Lorenzo Ruiz 27. Mortally wounded on the Lost Convoy, died in route to a hospital in Germany. Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart

    160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
    SSG William Cleveland 34. Crew chief on Super Six-Four, killed. Silver Star,
    Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
    SSG Thomas Field 25. Crew chief on Super Six-Four, killed Silver Star,
    Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
    CW4 Raymond Frank 45. Copilot of Super Six-Four, killed Silver Star,
    Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
    CW3 Clifton "Elvis" Wolcott 36. Pilot of Super Six-One, died in crash. Distinguished Flying Cross,
    Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
    CW2 Donovan "Bull" Briley 33. Copilot of Super Six-One, died in crash Distinguished Flying Cross,
    Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart

    2nd Battalion 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade 10th Mountain Division
    SGT Cornell Houston 31. Killed on the rescue convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device,
    de Fleury Medal, Purple Heart
    PFC James Martin Jr. 23. Killed on the rescue convoy. Purple Heart

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    Re: Operation Gothic Serpent 20th anniversary

    Hard to believe it was 20 years ago, I have to look at the brim of my boonie (Tilley) hat but I think we CARBG had pulled out by early June.

    It was on 5 June that the 24 Pakistani peace keepers were ambushed in Mogadishu, the next day the security council would call for the arrest of those responsible for the massacre including Aideed.

    Since 2007 up to 3,000 African Union peace keepers have given their lives up trying to bring peace to Somalia. Truly sad.

    God bless those who gave their all and their families that lost sons, brothers and fathers.

    Steve
    Op Deliverance/Restore Hope

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    Re: Operation Gothic Serpent 20th anniversary

    R.I.P to all the fallen in Somalia...Dec 1992~March 1993, 3Cie 2REP

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    Re: Operation Gothic Serpent 20th anniversary

    Thanks for posting this, CanadianFFL!

    What follows are the words of a song dear to the heart of every West Pointer. It speaks to the bond of kinship of all warriors, even though it speaks specifically to the "Long gray line" of West Pointers; it applies in a broader context to these fallen Warriors.

    Cut and paste here, courtesy of Wikipedia.

    The original words to The Corps, as written in 1902 are:[2]
    “ THE CORPS! THE CORPS! THE CORPS!
    The Corps, bareheaded, salute it, with eyes up, thanking our God.
    That we of the Corps are treading, where they of the Corps have trod.
    They are here in ghostly assemblage. The men of the Corps long dead.
    And our hearts are standing attention, while we wait for their passing tread.
    We sons of today, we salute you. You sons of an earlier day;
    We follow, close order, behind you, where you have pointed the way;
    The long gray line of us stretches, thro' the years of a century told
    And the last man feels to his marrow, the grip of your far off hold.
    Grip hands with us now though we see not, grip hands with us strengthen our hearts.
    As the long line stiffens and straightens with the thrill that your presence imparts.
    Grip hands tho' it be from the shadows. While we swear, as you did of yore.
    Or living, or dying, to honor, the Corps, and the Corps, and the Corps.
    Last edited by Rapace; 7th October 2013 at 11:06.

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    Re: Operation Gothic Serpent 20th anniversary

    To what end?

    I have seen forlorn graves in dozens of countries... I now know more dead guys than living people in Djibouti, Republic of the Philippines, Panama, and France...

    Is it all down to place names stitched on battle flags?


    You better believe it is!
    Pas de pitié !
    Pas peur !


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