This is story about two Delta Force members and their act of valor, for which they received Medal of Honor. Gary I. Gordon and David Shughart were members of 1SFOD-D or just short “Delta Force”, elite unit of US Army. In Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 3, 1993, they gave their lives to protect four critically wounded downed helicopter crew members despite the fact that large numbers of armed, hostile Somalis were converging on the area. Mission commanders denied Gordon’s request, saying that the situation was already too dangerous for the three Delta snipers to effectively protect the Blackhawk crew from the ground. . .
Master Sergeant Gary Ivan Gordon
Master Sergeant Gary Ivan Gordon is a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor. At the time of his death, he was a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army’s premiere special operations unit, the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1SFOD-D), or “Delta Force”. Together with Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions he performed during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993
Gary Gordon was born August 30, 1960 in Lincoln, Maine and graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in 1978. He joined the U.S. Army that same year at age 18 and after serving with the 2nd Battalion of the 10th Special Forces Group he was chosen to join the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1SFOD-D), or “Delta Force”, as a sniper. Before deploying with his unit to Somalia he married his wife Carmen and together they had two children.
Sergeant First Class Randall David Shughart
Randall David Shughart was a soldier in the United States Army special operations unit, the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1SFOD-D), or “Delta Force.” Shughart posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993.
Shughart was born on August 13, 1958 in Lincoln, Nebraska into an Air Force family. After his father, Herbert Shughart, left the Air Force, the Shugharts moved to Newville, Pennsylvania to live and work on a dairy farm. Shughart joined the Army while attending Big Spring High School in Newville, entering upon graduation in 1976. After completing basic training, he successfully completed AIT (advanced individual training), Airborne School, and in 1978 was assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment), at Fort Lewis, Washington. Several months later he completed a pre-ranger course (currently known as SURT, Small Unit Ranger Tactics), was granted a slot to attend Ranger School, graduated, and earned the Ranger Tab. Shughart left active duty and went into the Army Reserve in June 1980. In December 1983, Shughart returned to active duty and the following year attended Special Forces training. Shughart was assigned to “Delta Force” and was transferred to Fort Bragg, North Carolina in June 1986.
Combat and death in Somalia
On October 3, 1993 Gordon was Sniper Team Leader during Operation Gothic Serpent, a joint-force assault mission to apprehend key advisers to Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. During the assault, Super Six One, one of the Army’s Black Hawk helicopters providing insertion and air support to the assault team, was shot down and crashed in the city. A Combat Search and Rescue team was dispatched to the first crash site to secure it and a short time later Super Six Four was shot down as well. Ranger forces on the ground were not able to assist the downed helicopter crew of the second crash site as they were already engaged in heavy combat with Aidid’s militia and making their way to the first crash site Gordon and his Delta Force sniper teammates Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart and Sergeant First Class Brad Hallings, who were providing sniper cover from the air, wanted to be dropped at the second crash site in order to protect the four critically wounded crew, despite the fact that large numbers of armed, hostile Somalis were converging on the area. Mission commanders denied Gordon’s request, saying that the situation was already too dangerous for the three Delta snipers to effectively protect the Blackhawk crew from the ground. Command’s position was that the snipers could be of more assistance by continuing to provide air cover. Gordon, however, concluded that there was no way the Black Hawk crew could survive on their own, and repeated his request twice until he finally received permission. Sergeant First Class Brad Hallings had assumed control of a minigun after a crew chief was injured and was not inserted with Shughart and Gordon.
Once on the ground, Gordon and Shughart, armed with only their personal weapons and sidearms, fought their way to the downed Blackhawk. By this time more Somalis were arriving who were intent on either capturing or killing the American servicemen. When they reached Super Six Four, Gordon and Shughart extracted the pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Mike Durant and the other crew members from the aircraft, and established defensive positions around the crash site. Despite having inflicted heavy casualties against the Somalis, the two Delta snipers were too outnumbered and outgunned. Their ammunition nearly depleted, Gordon and Shughart were killed by Somali gunfire. It is believed that Gordon was first to be killed. His teammate Shughart retrieved Gordon’s CAR-15 and gave it to Durant to use. Shortly after, Shughart was killed and Durant was taken alive. Immediately after the battle, the Somalis counted 25 of their own men dead with many more severely wounded.
They were the only soldiers participating in Operation Gothic Serpent to receive the military’s highest honor, and the first Medal of Honor recipients since the Vietnam War. Here is a song written about this mission Please enjoy . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY-Rzeo3DxQ Warning – It is graphic
Praying that we will see our nation brought to her former glory and those who hate her destroyed. Amen & Amen. You may say that is harsh . . . by some peoples’ ideas it is . . . however . . . when you consider the numbers of those who have died, been wounded in action, and captured since this began, the number is mind boggling. . . . So NO, I don’t think it too harsh. Someone needs to pray with conviction and not just pray, but put feet to the prayers, for victory over evil, not just the end of the wars, but elimination of those who would destroy the wonderfully safe country we grew up in. Some of you may be too young to remember that, but I am not. I miss those times when we didn’t have to worry about locking the doors, except when we went to sleep or didn’t have to worry about knowing your neighbors, since everyone was connected like in a caring family, and if one of the families was in the need, the community helped them. People WORKED for a living. Children EARNED an allowance and were taught history, civics, government, and the Constitution in school. Every child I grew up with could recite the preamble, (at that time! Now we’re too old, but I could probably give it the old college try!) Let’s see . . .
“We the People of these United States: 1) in Order to form a more perfect Union, 2) establish Justice, 3) insure domestic Tranquility, 4) provide for the common defense, 5) promote the general Welfare, and 6) secure the Blessings of Liberty, to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for these United States of America.”
Look at the six reasons we need to continue to abide by the Constitution . . . they are the same today as they were when originally drafted.
1) We need to continue to “form a more perfect union,” 2) We need to continue to “establish Justice,” 3) We need to “insure domestic tranquility,” (That’s one of the BIGGIES!) 4) We need to “provide for a common defense,” (and pay the benefits to those who have served and are continuing to serve.) 5) We need to “promote the general welfare,” of those who live here legally. The word welfare does NOT mean “hand out,” it means “a condition of health and prosperity, as opposed to being attacked by those in authority over us.” 6) We need to “secure the Blessings of Liberty, to ourselves and our Posterity” (meaning those who come after us!)
All these things are nonetheless relevant today. We need individuals, who represent the PEOPLE of these UNITED STATES, to actively perform the duties of a Representative, of the People, per capita, in the House, and to represent the desires of the People, en equitas, in the Senate. Most of all, we need someone to lead our Republic, as Commander and Chief, in one nation under God, Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Having said that, those who would be president, should anything happen to the President, or he be unable to perform his duties, those under him should have the same qualifications. They must be born, a natural citizen of these United States. They must be have achieved a minimum of 35 years of age, at the time of qualification to run for office, and been fourteen years a Resident within the United States. Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, He shall take the following, Oath or Affirmation:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will faithfully execute, the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
With the latest statement by the current administration, he not only LIED when he swore to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, he has actively sought out ways to destroy it, and our Country. He MUST go, ladies and gentlemen. He is NO commander and chief, unless he is commander and chief of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, or its cohorts, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); or the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), or the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and/or the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).
Having said that, he has also stated, the United States should no longer be a Christian Nation. He is proselytizing for Islam. He is forcing his will on us, the free citizens of these United States, thus attempting, (with the assistance of the Congress), to change America from a Republic to a Tyrannical Dictatorship. He is guilty of TREASON, ladies and gentlemen, as are his staff and supporters. He is aiding and giving comfort to an enemy, of the United States, thus violating Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution, which states:
Section 3 – Treason
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
ARISE, ladies and gentlemen, ARISE! Let us no longer sleep, while those who would enslave us use disinformation and misinformation to convince the weak they are correct, if they should choose to: believe the administration; follow them as sheep led blindly to slaughter, for that is truly what will happen if this administration succeeds in changing the Constitution, (which is one of their goals), and mandating Sharia Law (which is Islamic government which approves of pedophilia, in fact encourages it), and carries out their massive slaughter of practicing Christians. It has already begun with the mandate of “OBAMACARE,” after opening the government on Wednesday evening, the POTUS stated “I won!” He is not for us, fellow citizens, he is for himself and others like him.
What I am about to discuss may offend some, that is not my intent. My intent is to encourage people to open their eyes and begin to move in a positive direction. Individuals with conservative ideas have officially been labeled as “terrorists”, “anarchists”, “those who truly wish to ruin the United States.” The individuals making these allegations are the POTUS himself, Senator Reid, Congresswoman Pelosi and others. It is evident by their actions through the past six years as long as they are given what they demand, individuals who express conservative views are simply “Tea- Partiers.” Let those with conservative view points draw a line or place a boundary and they become terrorists.
Understanding the aforementioned individuals have the right under the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States to freedom of speech, these individuals are also aware of the derogatory reflection it makes when these things are said in the presence of the Media. Of course they do, this is one of the reasons these individuals and their underlings have attempted to thwart all efforts by individuals and families of those affected by their unwise, treasonous activities which resulted in many honorable service men dying. The people of these United States have a right to know the truth. Here are the inevitable, ancient, unanswerable questions, “But what is TRUTH?” “Are mine the same as yours?”
Let’s look at additional questions though at this point these questions are not being answered. . . .
- Who is the individual who has approved the illegal sale of weapons to the Mexican Cartels from the arsenals of the United States Government and attempted to do it Secretly! (Fast and Furious)?
- Who is the individual playing cards while DEVGRU was eliminating a threat to the United States then had his underlings “leak” the names of those involved in the “Mission” to the Taliban and/or Al Qaeda?
- Who then approved the arrangement for a “blow and go” mission for those individuals in Afghanistan and blew the helicopter out of the sky after DEVGRU was sent there with no protection which is NOT Standard Operating Procedure? (Extortion 17)
- Who was the individual that approved giving 20 F-16 fighters to Egypt while it was a Sharia Law state?
- Who was partying in Las Vegas (with instructions not to ‘be bothered’) when distress calls were repeatedly made from the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya and US military assets where told to “hold” (oh lets not use the Stand Down phrase) all the while individuals were watching via drone placement as at least four United States Citizens were brutally tortured and eventually viciously killed?
- Who is the individual that populated White House staff with KNOWN Terrorists and those who support the Muslim Brotherhood a KNOWN TERRORIST Organization?
- Who approved the signing of the United Nations International Arms Trade Treaty directly in violations of the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States?
- Who made the decision to “sell the national debt” to the People’s Republic of China, a well established communist government?
Now, let’s look at some passages from the Constitution of the United States:
- Article. II. – The Executive Branch
- Section 1 – The President
- No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
- The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them.
- Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
- Section 4 – Disqualification
- The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
- Article III. – The Judicial Branch
- Section 3 – Treason
- Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.
- No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
- The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
This writer understands she is not alone in asking these questions nor in seeking the answers to them. This writer would venture to say a great majority of the populace of the United States and the Countries of the World are asking these same questions. These United States have lost face. She has become the laughing stock of the International Community, primarily due the actions of the current administration. Information received from a personally know and valued reliable confidential individual states “the general population of Great Britain believes America is a JOKE!” A JOKE ladies and gentleman! Are we as a nation willing to stand by and allow other nations who have been our allies in various conflicts from World Wars to the current battles in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East to believe our nation is a JOKE? I would hope not . . . I would pray to God, NOT! WE THE PEOPLE are responsible adults. Many of our fathers, grandfathers, sons, uncles, brothers, nephews, and friends have paid the ultimate price for our nation. Are we willing to allow them to sacrifice their lives for NOUGHT? Please say NAY! NO, NOT IN THIS LIFETIME! There must be a plan! There is definitely a purpose, to retrieve what is left of our REPUBLIC, to honor her and her people through withstanding the tyranny attempting to overtake us. ARISE America, ARISE! Your country calls to you for help. She pleads to those who love and respect all she has given and all she is to each of us along with thousands throughout the world, the only place where individuals have an opportunity to live free. “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9 KJV) “. . . all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:13-16 NASB)