|Special Forces Heroes:
Master Sergeant Gary I. Gordon
Master Sergeant Gary Gordon
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
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.
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