Fort Drum Remembers Battle Of Mogadishu 25 Years LaterPosted: Updated:
Some of Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division soldiers were flipping heavy tires and running Wednesday as part of "Combat Olympics." It's a way they get ready to fight - now, and 25 years ago.
“Before they went in 1993, they did the Combat Olympics as well to build unit cohesion and to build teamwork and us doing that today symbolizes them doing that 25 years ago,” said Staff Sgt. Thomas Frost, section leader with Delta Company, 214 infantry.
Why 25 years ago? Because back then, soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division played a key role in the infamous battle of Mogadishu, it was a humanitarian aid mission that turned into a two day battle, the one immortalized in the movie "Black Hawk Down."
Back in 1993 when soldiers at Fort Drum were preparing to deploy to Somalia, they did comparable things to this combat readiness exercise.
But soldiers weren't the only ones commemorating the anniversary; some veterans who fought in the battle were there as well.
“They outnumbered us, 10 - 12, to 1. And they were very determined, they didn't like us being there at all," said Wesley Shivers, a veteran of the battle of Mogadishu.
"I told my lieutenant when we were in the place getting ready, I told him, I said, 'Sir, I want you to make me a promise.' I told him, 'If I got killed tonight, I want to ship my body home to Peru.' And he said, 'Yes, I will do that.' And after a couple seconds, I pray and then we went into battle," said Walter Gomero, a veteran of the battle of Mogadishu.
On Thursday, there will be screening of "Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story," a documentary that focuses on the 10th Mountain Division's role in the Battle of Mogadishu.