Warrior Wednesday: Sgt. Lorenzo Ruiz #NeverForgotten

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Sgt. Lorenzo Ruiz
June 21, 1966 to Oct. 3, 1993

Sgt. Lorenzo Ruiz

Sgt. Lorenzo Ruiz (June 21, 1966 – October 4, 1993) was a U.S. Army Ranger who served in Mogadishu, Somalia. He was one of the 19 American soldiers killed during the The Battle of Mogadishu. He was killed on the Lost Convoy. Ruiz was from El Paso, Texas and graduated from Austin High School in 1984 where he played football. He served with the Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA. Ruiz was one of 19 US military personnel killed in action in Somalia between October 3 and 4 1993. He had been part of a Ranger unit that traveled on a twelve-vehicle convoy into the heart of Mogadishu to capture Somali clan leaders. He was 27 years old. In the 2001 film Black Hawk Down, based on the operation, Ruiz was portrayed by Enrique Murciano and served as one of Matt Eversmann’s men. Lorenzo Ruiz was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star with Valor Device.

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The protagonist of my WID (Work in Development) is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.