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  • 20th anniversary of Battle of Mogadishu remembered

    FORT DRUM — Twenty years after the Battle of Mogadishu, Col. Drew R. Meyerowich recalled he had no doubt that his soldiers would go to aid comrades from two downed Black Hawk helicopters.

    “Hearing your buddy’s in trouble, there’s no question that we’re going to go in,” said Col. Meyerowich, at the time the commander of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment’s Alpha Company. “It’s just because of what we believe in.”

    The deadly battle took place on Oct. 3, 1993, as American forces, led by Task Force Ranger, attempted a raid to capture a Somali warlord. The raid turned tragic as soldiers were pinned down by enemy attackers following the helicopter crashes. A total of 18 American troops were killed in the battle, making it one of the deadliest for American forces between the Vietnam War and 9/11, and about 80 were injured.

    The battle, and the 10th Mountain Division’s humanitarian efforts over 15 months in Somalia during Operations Restore Hope and Continue Hope, were remembered at a ceremony on post Thursday morning. About 100 alumni from the battalion, nicknamed the Golden Dragons, came to the ceremony.

    The battalion was charged with leading a United Nations quick reaction force to rescue the pinned-down soldiers.

    With enemy forces in place to barricade and ambush arriving support, an initial attempt to break through to the crash victims was unsuccessful. However, a regrouping with more battalion soldiers and Malaysian and Pakistani military personnel was able to break through and recover the trapped soldiers, even after being split up, after hours of intense, close-quarters combat.

    “We accomplished the mission. Nobody got left behind,” said Col. William C. David, the battalion’s commander at the time. “That’s a tremendous feeling that we got it right.”

    The battle was given additional prominence in the book “Black Hawk Down,” which later became a Hollywood blockbuster.


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    Hard to believe its been that long. Time is apparently accelerating in the latter years.

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