What was Operation Gothic Serpent (1993)?

Introduction Operation Gothic Serpent was a military operation conducted in Mogadishu, Somalia, by an American-led coalition during the Somali Civil War in 1993. The primary objective of the operation was to capture Mohamed Farrah Aidid, a Somalian military officer who was wanted by the Unified Task Force after his attacks against United Nations troops in… Read More


What was the Battle of Mogadishu (1993)?

Introduction The Battle of Mogadishu (Somali: Maalintii Rangers, lit. ’”Day of the Rangers”‘), also known as the Black Hawk Down incident, was part of Operation Gothic Serpent. It was fought on 03-04 October 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, between forces of the United States – supported by UNOSOM II – and Somali militiamen loyal to Mohamed Farrah… Read More

Who was Randy Shughart?

Introduction Randall David Shughart (13 August 1958 to 03 October 1993) was a United States Army Delta Force soldier who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honour for his actions during the Battle of Mogadishu, during Operation Gothic Serpent in October 1993. Early Life Shughart was born 13 August 1958, in Lincoln, Nebraska, into a… Read More

Who was Gary Gordon?

Introduction Gary Ivan Gordon (30 August 1960 to 03 October 1993) was a master sergeant in the United States Army and a recipient of the Medal of Honour. At the time of his death, he was a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army’s premier special operations unit, the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1SFOD-D),… Read More