Rangers Return to Mogadishu

first published on October 4, 2015 by

US Army Rangers revisit Mogadishu for the first time in 20 years (2013).

Keni Thomas and Jeff Struecker, two US Army Rangers from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment returned to the streets of Mogadishu in 2013. This video begins with Jeff Struecker telling his driver “I drove these roads twenty years ago.” Can you imagine the feelings rushing through this man as he is escorted by armed security through the Bakara Market? Put yourself in his shoes for a minute.

 

October 3rd and 4th mark the 22nd anniversary of Operation: Gothic Serpent. The operation was conducted by the assault force of Task Force Ranger consisting of 160 men, twelve vehicles and nineteen aircraft. The objective of the operation was to capture two key leaders of the Habr Gidr clan led by Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

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If you’ve seen the movie you have a good idea of what happened to cause disaster during Operation: Gothic Serpent. If you haven’t seen the movie, go rent yourself a copy of Blackhawk Down. I promise you will love it.

The after actions from this battle shaped modern warfare, and taught us lessons earned in blood by the men of Task Force Ranger. The total number of casualties from the battle are 18 US KIA, 73 US WIA, and 1 US MIA.

Gone but never forgotten. Below are the men who lost their lives on Oct 3rd and 4th in The Battle of Mogadishu.

1st SFOD-D

MSG Gary Gordon Killed defending the crew of Super Six-Four Medal of Honor

SFC Randy Shughart Killed defending the crew of Super Six-Four Medal of Honor

SSG Daniel Busch Crashed on Super Six-One, died from wounds received defending the downed crew Silver Star

SFC Earl Fillmore Killed moving to the first crash site Silver Star

SFC Matt Rierson Killed on October 6, 1993 by a mortar which landed just outside the hangar Silver Star

MSG Tim “Griz” Martin Died from wounds received on the Lost Convoy Silver Star and Purple Heart.

3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

CPL Jamie Smith Died of wounds with the pinned-down force around crash site one Bronze Star with Valor Device and Oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart

SPC James Cavaco Killed on the Lost Convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device

SGT Casey Joyce Killed on the Lost Convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device

PFC Richard “Alphabet” Kowalewski Killed on the Lost Convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device

SGT Dominick Pilla Killed on Struecker’s convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device

SGT Lorenzo Ruiz Killed on the Lost Convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device

160th SOAR (Nightstalkers)

SSG William Cleveland Crew chief on Super Six-Four-killed Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device

SSG Thomas Field Crew chief on Super Six-Four-killed Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device

CW4 Raymond Frank Copilot of Super Six-Four-killed Silver Star, Air Medal with Valor Device

CW3 Clifton “Elvis” Wolcott Pilot of Super Six-One and died in crash Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device

CW2 Donovan “Bull” Briley Copilot of Super Six-One and died in crash Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device


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

SGT Cornell Houston Killed on the rescue convoy Bronze Star with Valor Device, de Fleury Medal

PFC James Martin Killed on the rescue convoy Purple Heart

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