footage of the First Battle of Mogadishu (1993), during which two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters were shot down by RPGs

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William F. Garrison is a retired Major General of the United States Army who was the commander of Operation Gothic Serpent, the military operation launched in 1993 to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The disaster became known as the Battle of Mogadishu or black hawk down. The result was complete American withdrawal from Somalia.

Randall David "Randy" Shughart was a US Army Soldier of the Special Operations Unit, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1SFOD-D), also known as "Delta Force". Shughart was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Mogadishu on 3 October 1993.

A man walks up a hill in front of Bakara Market in the capital of Mogadishu, Somalia, on October 2. Two decades after the infamous Battle of Mogadishu, in which the United States lost eighteen soldiers during a mission into Bakara Market, Somalia is finally showing signs of recovery from its more than two decades of civil war. Nowhere is this more evident than in Mogadishu's Bakara Market, where business is thriving and new shops continue to be opened everyday. AU UN IST PHOTO / TOBIN JONES.

In October, the Army will mark the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu, a 1993 conflict in Somalia that inspired the book Black Hawk...

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October 3rd and 4th, 1993 mark the dates of the Battle of Mogadishu also known as the Day of the Rangers. The battle was fought by forces of the United States supported by the United Nations Operation in Somalia II (UNOSOMII) and Somali militiamen loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

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