Fort Drum Soldiers Learn Untold Story Of 'Black Hawk Down'Posted: Updated:
The story has been told plenty of times, but this part often gets left out - the 10th Mountain Division's 2-14th Infantry Battalion was right in the thick of it as U.S. forces fought to reach two Black Hawk helicopters shot down during a battle in Mogadishu, Somalia 25 years ago.
"Had it not been for their sacrifice and heroism, there's a good chance that - an excellent chance that the losses that night would have been much more severe than they were," said retired Brigadier General Bill David, who was the commander of the 2-14th in 1993.
Thursday, he and 30 other soldiers who were in Mogadishu gathered at Fort Drum to watch a new documentary that tells their story.
Soldiers currently in the 2-14th also watched, some of them learning about this part of the story for the first time.
"I'm gonna brag about it going forward when I go to new duty stations," said Specialist Tristan Bocanegra, 2-14th Infantry Battalion.
For the 2-14th's current battalion commander, it provided a moment of reflection.
"And then to be in the room with them and know that the person being interviewed who was there and felt this and experienced this is sitting right next to us. And then more importantly to try and think about what our responsibility is now," said Lt. Col. Keith Benedict, battalion commander.
A responsibility shared then and now.