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Gary Gordon

MSG Gary Gordon, Medal of Honor

Master Sergeant (MSG)


1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta Force)
U.S. Army Special Operations Command


Delta Force operator

Place of birth:

Lincoln|, Maine (U.S. state)

Date of death:

October 3, 1993 (KIA)

Place of death:

Mogadishu, Somalia

Entered service at:

Lincoln, Maine

Posthumous awards:

Medal of Honor for actions in Operation Gothic Serpent.
USNS LMRS T-AKR: Gordon Class (ship) [1]
USNS Gordon (ship) [1]

United States Army Master Sgt. Gary Ivan Gordon, earned the Medal of Honor posthumously for actions in Operation Gothic Serpent (October 3, 1993) — also known as the Battle of Mogadishu.

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Master Sergeant Gordon (MSG), U.S. Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on October 3, 1993 while serving as Sniper Team Leader, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia.

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 MSG Gordon learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the second crash site, he and another sniper, Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart 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, Gordon received permission to perform his volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, he was inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site.

Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, 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. He 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.

Gordon used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers until he depleted his ammunition. He 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.

Gordon continued to travel the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. After his team member was fatally wounded and his own rifle ammunition exhausted, he 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, MSG Gordon continued to fight until he was fatally wounded.

His actions saved the pilot's life: Mike Durant.

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  1. US Army Center of Military History. Medal of Honor Recipients: Somalia. United States of America: US Army.