Mogadishu!: Heroism And Tragedy by Kent Delong

Mogadishu!: Heroism And Tragedy

byKent DelongEditorSteven TuckeyForeword byRoss Perot

Hardcover | November 1, 1994

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Among America's clearest memories of ongoing conflict in Somalia will certainly be the swollen, bloodied face of helicopter pilot Michael Durant, displayed on the international television news reports after his capture in Mogadishu on October 3, 1993. While the failed mission leading to Durant's imprisonment captured the rage and anguish of the world, few Americans truly understood how many U.S. Army Ranger compatriots shared Durant's fortitude and courage there. Indeed, Durant was only one member of the elite Task Force Ranger Regiment deployed to apprehend Mohammed Farrah Aidid, Somailia's most powerful warlord on the fateful October day. Here is the little-known story of the 15 fierce, deadly hours of fighting that followed the Americans tightly calibrated attempt to target Aidid. Moment by moment, Mogahishu! recounts how this mission, intended to deflate the heart of Somali resistance, became instead a tragic showcase for the heroism and breathtaking self-sacrifice of the American servicement--and the catalyst of U.S. withdrawal of peacekeeping troops. Mogadishu! reveals while the operation produced on the most decorated military units in American history, it cost 18 of America's best-trained servicemen their lives. Using rare testimony from other military personnel, Kent DeLong offers the first complete account of how these Americans died, not for glory but for each other, far from their loved ones in a God-forsaken place called Mogadishu.

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Title:Mogadishu!: Heroism And TragedyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 9.48 × 6.36 × 0.67 inPublished:November 1, 1994Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275949257

ISBN - 13:9780275949259

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Documenting the Special Operations Regiment rescue attempt in Mogadishu and the firefight that followed, the author tells the story of a tragic mission that cost many their lives and resulted in recommendations for the Congressional Medal of Honor. IP.

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?...the authors make each man a real human being and each loss its own tragedy. They also demonstrate what every soldier and marine knows, combat is very personal....This little action in Somalia is like so many others that go unnoticed in the great wars of our time. It was fierce and confused and painful. This is the value of this account.??Military and Naval History Forum Proceedings