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Black Hawk Down

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1: Courage | Bravery | Sacrifice | Honor

2: The Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia went from a ordinary kidnapping to an all out fight for the lives of American Special Forces. Their job was simple, capture General Aidid, a warlord who was in charge of killing 24 Pakistani soldiers, and bring back to the compound. Intelligence was somewhat weak, but the Americans thought they had an oppurtunity. What was suppose to take thirty minutes turned into a bloodbath for the next sixteen hours, costing the lives of nineteen American Soldiers. The men who fought in the battle will never forget the events that unfolded on Ocotber 3rd and 4th, 1993.

3: October 3rd 2:49p.m. Two key targets, Habr Gidr clan leaders, are spotted at a residence in central Mogadishu | 3:32p.m. American force is launched: nineteen aircraft, twelve vehicles and 160 men.

4: 2:42p.m. Assault begins with Rangers fast-roping in and Delta Force hitting the target house. Private First Class Todd Blackburn, misses the rope and falls 70 feet to the street. | 3:58p.m. One of the five-ton trucks is struck by a Rocket Propelled Grenade, wounding several American Soldiers.

5: 4:02p.m. Assault force reports both clan leaders and about 21 others in custody. As the force prepares to pull out, three vehicles are detached to rush the wounded Private Blackburn back to the base.

6: 4:20p.m. Black Hawk Helicopter Super 6-1 is struck by RPG and crashes five blocks northeast of target building. 4:22p.m. Armed crowds of Somalis run towards the crash site.

7: 4:26p.m. Ground convoy starts moving toward the crashed helicopter with prisoners loaded. Black Hawk Super 6-4, piloted by Michael Durant, takes the place of Black Hawk Super 6-1 over the city.

8: 4:28p.m. Search and rescue team ropes in to assist the crew of the crashed helicopter. Both pilot and co-pilot are found dead. | 4:35p.m. Ground convoy gets lost and begins driving lost through city streets, taking heavy casualties by armed militia. | 4:40p.m. Mike Durant's Black Hawk, Super 6-4, is hit by another rocket propelled grenade, crashes about one mile southwest of target building.

9: 4:54p.m. Ground Convoy, with more than half of its force wounded or dead, abandons search for downed Black Hawk and works its way back to base. | 5:03p.m. Quick Reaction Force (QRF) convoy is dispatched in an attempt to rescue the men at Durant's crash site.

10: 5:34p.m. QRF and ground convoy decide to return to base after sustaining heavy casualties. | 5:40p.m. Durant's crash site is overran, with Durant being the only survivor. | 5:45p.m. Both convoys return to base, leaving 99 men trapped and surrounded around the first downed helicopter. | 9:00p.m. Joint Task Force Command assembles a rescue convoy and begin planning a rescue, which eventually moves out at 11:23p.m.

11: October 4th 1:55a.m. Rescue convoy reaches the trapped Ranger force. A second half of the convoy reaches Durant's Black Hawk. Durant and his crew are missing. | 5:30a.m. Rangers start moving from the city to base, on foot. The vehicles of the rescue convoy soon follow. | 6:30a.m. The force reaches base, with 18 Americans confirmed dead and 73 injured. Mike Durant is held prisoner for a few more days and than released.

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