The Battle of Mogadishu – October 3-4 1993
On Saturday July 29th 2017, at 1:30 pm, the Babylon Junior Senior High School Class of ’77 and the American Airpower Museum honor the men of Task Force Ranger who took part in the battle of Mogadishu in October of 1993.
During the two days of battle, two American UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down in the center of the city. The operation to rescue the crews of both helicopters created an overnight standoff. The Battle concluded the next day, 4 October. In all, nineteen Americans died in the operation, seventy-three were wounded and one helicopter pilot was captured and subsequently released. The story of the battle was made famous by the 1993 movie, Black Hawk Down.
Representing Task Force Ranger will be Gerald Izzo, CWO4 (retired), BHS class of ’77, who was a Black Hawk pilot during the battle. He will relate his battle experiences to a crowd of invited veterans and public. Michelle Dellafave who entertained troops touring with the USO with Bob Hope and Dean Martin, will sing.
The community event, part of the BHS Class of 1977 “Pay It Forward” 40th Reunion Weekend, Black Hawk Down starts at 1:30 pm and is open to the public and free of charge. Veterans are encouraged to attend.
When: Saturday July 29th at 1:30pm
Where: American Airpower Museum, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale NY 11935
Thursday February 18th from 11am – 1pm
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A Soaring Tribute to POWs – WWII vets honored with flight by American Airpower Museum. Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.
As he lay by the side of the road in German-occupied France, Bernie Rader buried his dog tags. His unit had been ambushed, and Rader, who had been wounded, knew he’d be captured. But before the Nazis got him, the Jewish soldier from Brooklyn made sure they wouldn’t see his tags — stamped with an “H” for Hebrew.
Download PDF : Newsday POW Article
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