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OTHS JROTC to Dedicate Drill Competition in Honor of Master Sergeant G. Gordon
OTHS JROTC to Dedicate Drill Competition in Honor of Master Sergeant G. Gordon
Dr. Jon Doty
Thursday, October 03, 2019

This Saturday, October 5th, the Coyote Battalion will host a dedication ceremony in honor of Master Sergeant Gary Gordon.  Master Sergeant Gordon, a Lincoln native, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Mogadishu, Somalia.  The public is invited to join the JROTC Battalion at 8 AM Saturday in Mackenzie Gymnasium.  Please see more details below.

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On October 3rd, 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia, 19 U.S. Service Members gave their lives while helping to re-establish the rule of law to the war torn country.  During the intense battle, four Blackhawk Helicopters were shot down, two crashing in hostile territory.  With ground forces unable to secure the second crash site, Master Sergeant Gary Gordon and Sergeant First Class Randy Shugart selflessly volunteered to be inserted into the crash site and defend the crew.  Eventually their perimeter was breached and their position overrun by hundreds of armed Somalis.  Gordon and Shugart along with the helicopter crew were killed in action.  Only the pilot, Warrant Officer Michael Durant, survived.  

Both Master Sergeant Gordon and Sergeant First Class Shugart were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.  This Saturday, October 5th, the Coyote Battalion will host their 15th Annual Drill Competition.  The competition will be renamed in honor of Master Sergeant Gordon, a Lincoln native.  Please join us at 8 AM in the gymnasium for this dedication.