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MOH Gary Gordon- Hon Life Member SFA-72



  Master Sergeant Gordon, United States Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on 3 October 1993, while serving as Sniper Team Leader, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Master Sergeant Gordon's sniper team provided precision fires from the lead helicopter during an assault and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fires. When Master Sergeant Gordon learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the second crash site, he and another sniper unhesitatingly volunteered to be inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being well aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After his third request to be inserted, Master Sergeant Gordon received permission to perform his volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, Master Sergeant Gordon was inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site. Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Master Sergeant Gordon and his fellow sniper, while under intense small arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Master Sergeant Gordon immediately pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position. Master Sergeant Gordon used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers until he depleted his ammunition. Master Sergeant Gordon then went back to the wreckage, recovering some of the crew's weapons and ammunition. Despite the fact that he was critically low on ammunition, he provided some of it to the dazed pilot and then radioed for help. Master Sergeant Gordon continued to travel the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. After his team member was fatally wounded and his own rifle ammunition exhausted, Master Sergeant Gordon returned to the wreckage, recovering a rifle with the last five rounds of ammunition and gave it to the pilot with the words, "good luck." Then, armed only with his pistol, Master Sergeant Gordon continued to fight until he was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Master Sergeant Gordon's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army.

Mogadishu Recovery -- The rest of the story...

On October 3rd 1993, in Mogadishu Somalia Task Force Ranger with augmentation from Delta Force was engaged in a fierce fire fight with Somali rebels after they had shot down a Black Hawk helicopter and the rebels had killed several Delta personnel and were dragging their nude lifeless bodies through the streets in a victory dance and celebration and had also taken CWO Durant Prisoner. CWO Durant was later released.

Riding in one of the HUMV's en route to attempt to rescue and recover the bodies of the Delta personnel, was MSG Timothy Martin from Delta Force, Tim was a former member of C Company, 2nd Bn, 10th SFG, ODA 232 Fort Devens Ma. His HUMV was hit with an RPG and caused severe wounds to Tim and his fellow Delta and 75th Ranger personnel, as well as,  killing several others. Tim was evacuated back to the Ranger Base camp where the medical personnel were unable to save his life. While assigned to ODA 232, C/2/10th SFG, Fort Devens Ma, Tim was a very good and outstanding soldier.John Griffin ( SFA-72) was on ODA 232 with Tim, John and Ike Isola (SFA-72) and others lost a very good and close friend that day, a true Special Forces Soldier. A movie was made of this action called "Black Hawk Down"; there is also several books written about the incident. For the members of Delta and the 75th Rangers, it's a part of history they wish to forget. MSG Gordon was in C/ 2/ 10 at the same time as Tim, though he was on ODA 233 for several years. He also served in 1/10 at Bad Tolz before being selected for Delta.  The members of SFA-72 salute MSG Tim Martin and others who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as, all the other soldiers who participated in the rescue.



Gary Gordon was born in Lincoln, Maine in 1960. He graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in 1978. Gordon joined the U.S. Army at age 18. Gordon earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab and the Special Forces Tab. He served with the 2nd Battalion of the 10th Special Forces Group before being chosen to join the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1SFOD-D), or "Delta Force" as a sniper.


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YouTube - Garry Gordon and  Randy Shughart


City Hall memorial in Lincoln, Me


Gravesite in Lincoln, Me

His wife Carmen and two children now live in Southern Pines NC

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