October third and fourth of 1993…
The Battle of Mogadishu took place on October 3rd and overnight to the 4th. This mission was apart of Operation Gothic Serpent. Members of the 75th Ranger Regiment, Air Force Rescue and Air Force Combat Controllers, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta, and pilots from the 160th Spec Ops Aviation Regiment. The overall goal was to swarm in to a meeting in the city between Mohamed Adids lieutenants. Shortly after large groups of armed militants attacked the U.S. Forces and shot down two Black Hawk helicopters. In the end, 18 service members died, along with 80 injured. Many personnel were awarded for their actions. Two Delta Force snipers received the Medal of Honor after fighting and perishing while defending one of the crash sights.
Lest we forget the deceased
** - SFOD Delta - **
MSG Gary Ivan Gordon - Killed defending Super 6-4 - Received Medal of Honor and Purple Heart
SFC Randy Shughart - Killed defending Super 6-4 - Received Medal of Honor and Purple Heart
SSG Daniel D. Bush - Crashed with Super 6-1, mortally wounded defending the crew - Received Silver Star and Purple Heart
SFC Earl Robert Fillmore, Jr. - Killed moving to the first crash sight - Received SIlver Star and Purple Heart
MSG Timothy “Griz” Lynn Martin - Mortally wounded by an RPG on the ‘Lost Convoy’, and died en route to Germany’s Field Hospital - Received Silver Star and Purple Heart
- 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment -
CPL James “Jamie” E. Smith - Killed around the crash sight of Super 6-1 - Received Bronze Star with Valor Device, and Oak Leaf Cluster as well as a purple heart
SPC James M. Cavaco - Killed on the Lost Convoy - Received a Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple heart
SGT James Casey Joyce - Killed on the Lost Convoy - Received a Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
CPL Richard “Alphabet” W. Kowaleski, Jr. - Killed on the Lost Convoy by a RPG - Received Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
SGT Dominick M. Pilla - Killed on Strueckers Convoy (1st Convoy to move back to base) - Received Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
SGT Lorenzo M. Ruiz - Mortally wounded on the Lost Convoy and also and died en route to Germany’s Field Hospital - Received Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart
** - 160th SOAR - **
SSG William “Wild Bill” David Cleveland, Jr. - Killed on Super 6-4 (Crew Chief) - Received Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
SSG Thomas “Tommie” J. Field - Killed on Super 6-4 (Crew Chief) - Received Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
CWO Raymond “Ironman” A. Frank - Killed on Super 6-4 (Copilot) - Received Silver Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
CWO Clifton “Elvis” P. Wolcott - Killed in Super 6-1 Crash (Pilot) - Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Valor Device, Bronze Star, Purple Heart
CWO Donovan ”Bull” Briley - Killed in Super 6-1 crash (Copilot) - Received Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart
** - 14th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division - **
SGT Cornell Lemont Houston, Sr. - Killed on the rescue convoy - Received Bronze Star with Valor Device, de Fleury Medal, Purple Heart
PFC James Henry Martin, Jr. - Killed on the rescue convoy - Received Purple Heart
** - Malaysian Army - **
LCPL Mat Azan Awang - Killed when his vehicle was struck by an RPG - Received Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa
I found this story on the innert00bs while harvesting 1911 porn - what an amazing piece of Marine Corps history!
“One of the older technicians at work was telling me a story today about a pistol that was in his in laws family.
He tells me that his wifes late father, who was a marine in the battle of Iwo Jima, had brought back his pistol from the war. I’m thinking, ok must be a nice old 1911 model, one that has probably seen more than a few soldiers hands. then comes the rest of the story.
Turns out that the guy’s father in law, had a camera with him in his sack, and had taken some pictures of when they raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi. He submitted his photo, but it was not chosen as the one that is now famous. The family still has this picture hanging in their living room.
A few days after the flag raising, the Japanese attacked the marines, and another fight broke out. As they are in the middle of everything, a Japanese sniper takes a shot at him. The bullet hits him in the right wrist, and hits his gun hanging from his belt. The round, after completely disabling his right hand, penetrates his leather pistol holster, and embeds itself into the slide of his 1911. fragments from the round penetrate through the other side of the holster, and into his leg, injuring him further.
The marine was able to get to the medic, where he was then evacuated to care for his injuries.
So the technician asks me if I would like to see it. After telling him the obvious, he calls his wifes brother and asks if he could bring it up to the shop.
Here are the pictures I took after listening to the same story again from the Marine’s son. (it was a good story, I had no problem listening twice.)
I asked him if he would mind me posting them on here, as long as I blocked out the serial number. He said go right ahead.
Although I had to blur out the serial #, it fell into the early/mid 600,000 range. Found this.
Colt: S/N 450,000 to 629,500 = Oct. 24, 1918 to April 10, 1919
The Marine’s name was Horace Arthur Smith “Arty”. he passed away 3 years ago.”