The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is opening a new exhibit, “Task Force Ranger and the Battle of Mogadishu,” Oct. 4.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the battle in Somalia, which was the subject of the book and movie, “Black Hawk Down.”
“A lot has been written and discussed about the Battle of Mogadishu. It was certainly the most memorable fight in recent military history, with the greatest loss of life in a single instance, between Vietnam and the events on 9/11,” said Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, commanding general, United States Army Special Operations Command.
The battle, which took place Oct. 3 and 4, 1993, resulted in 18 American casualties and the capture of then-Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Durant. Master Sgt. Gary Gordon and Sgt. 1st Class Randy Shughart posthumously received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the battle.
“This 20th anniversary gives us the opportunity to remember the fallen heroes and reflect on the sacrifices made by the Soldiers of Task Force Ranger and their Families who support them, including the two Medal of Honor recipients,” said Cleveland.
Visitors will not only get to see the pieces of the helicopter that gave “Black Hawk Down” its title, but also displays featuring actual equipment used by Task Force Ranger members in battle and first-hand accounts of veterans who were there.
“This special exhibit not only takes the public through the battle itself, but also shows what led the mission and the impact it has had on future operations through advancements in battlefield medicine to improved equipment,” said Jim Bartlinski, director of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum.