*Gary I. Gordon

TASK FORCE RANGER

Medal of Honor

Recipient

              

Master Sergeant Gary I. Gordon

3 October 1993

U.S. Army.

Sniper Team Leader

TASK FORCE RANGER

Mogadishu, Somalia.

Born: Lincoln, Maine.

Citation:

MASTER SERGEANT GARY I. GORDON, UNITED STATES ARMY, Sniper Team Leader, TASK FORCE RANGER distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 3 October 1993. Sergeant Gordon’s sniper teams provided precision fire from the lead helicopter during an assault, and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fire. When Sergeant Gordon learned 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, Sergeant Gordon received permission to perform his volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fire at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, Sergeant Gordon and his fellow sniper were inserted 100 meters south of the crashed helicopter, under intense small arms fire from the enemy, they fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Sergeant Gordon immediately pulled the pilot and crew from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position. Sergeant Gordon then went back to the wreckage, recovering the crew’s weapons and ammunition. Despite the fact he was critically low on ammunition, he provided some to the dazed pilot and then radioed for help. Sergeant Gordon continued to travel the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. After his team member was fatally wounded, and his own rifle ammunition exhausted, 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, Sergeant Gordon continued to fight until he was fatally wounded, while saving the pilot’s life.  

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