As chaos reigns in Somalia, U.S. Army Rangers of the Regimental Special Troops Battalion conducted a moral run to commemorate the six Rangers who were killed in Mogadishu, Somalia Oct. 3 – 4, 1993.
72 Rangers ran in combat gear, simulating the Mogadishu Mile that was run by American Rangers and Delta Force Soldiers from a helicopter crash site to the Pakistani Stadium during the Battle of Mogadishu Oct. 4, 1993.
During the 1993 Mogadishu mile, the soldiers were originally supposed to take cover by running alongside a convoy of Humvees and armored personnel carriers. When the convoy outpaced them they were forced to run without support and with very little ammunition. No one was wounded on the 48 minute run but the convoy and soldiers on foot were attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.
Former 3rd Battalion commander, retired Col. Danny McKnight, was the guest speaker at the end of the run. McKnight and his wife Linda began a pilgrimage last month to visit with the families of the six Rangers that were killed 15 years ago.
“I cannot tell you how much it means to me to be here on this day with the Rangers,” said McKnight.
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