#WarriorWednesday: MSGT Gary Ivan Gordon #NeverForgotten #BattleofMogadishu

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MSGT Gary Ivan Gordon
30 Aug 1960 – 3 Oct 1993

Photo provided by Cristiano Ruggero and Find A Grave

Photo provided by Cristiano Ruggero and Find A Grave

“Gary Gordon was born in Lincoln, Maine in 1960 and graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in 1978. He joined the U.S. Army that same year and was eventually chosen to join the Army’s Special Forces Operational Detachment known as the “Delta Force”, which was the branch’s top special operations unit.” Nalley, par 2

“On October 3, 1993, Delta’s mission, called “Operation Gothic Serpent”, was to capture top advisers to Mohamed Aidid, the Somali warlord. Gordon was Sniper Team Leader hovering in one of the Army’s Black Hawk helicopters during the assault.” Nalley, par 3

When the first Black Hawk was shot down, a search and rescue team was dispatched to help the crew. When the second Black Hawk went down ground forces were not immediately able to respond. “Gordon and his fellow snipers, Randall Shughart and Brad Hallings could only provide sniper fire from the air. Frustrated by their limited help, they requested to be dropped at the second crash site to protect the four crew members who were critically wounded.” Nalley, par 4

Their requests were denied twice. On the third try, Gordon received permission to be inserted for a volunteer mission. He was accompanied by fellow sniper Randall Shughart. They both lost their lives, but their efforts saved pilot Mike Durant.

Burial: West Broadway Cemetery, Lincoln, Penobscot County, Maine

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The protagonist of my WIP is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets (I am working on the first draft now). 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.

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