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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Black Hawk Down; The True Story

Cpt. Jeff Struecker

Captain Jeff Trucker: Fearless? – It was only supposed to take an hour.

Late afternoon of October 3, 1993, attack helicopters dropped about 120 elite American soldiers into a busy neighborhood in one of the most dangerous sections of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission: abduct several top lieutenants of the Somalia warlord. Struecker was assigned as a lead Humvee for the mission. Everything was going according to plan until the news came over the radio that one of the Army’s Blackhawk attack helicopters had been shot down. One of the rangers had missed the rope and fallen 70 feet, face first from a Black Hawk helicopter. Struecker’s mission then became the recovery of the critically injured soldier. This was no easy task when you consider Mogadishu was a city of about 1.5 million people, mostly armed and opposed to the U.S. military presence there.

The 2001 film Black Hawk Down wasn't all fiction. It was the dramatic portrayal of Cpt. Jeff Struecker and his troop's ordeal in Somalia. For the rest of the story, Fearless

The Road to Unafraid

His Book: The Road to Unafraid

A Black Hawk Down hero and now an Army Chaplain, Cpt. Jeff Struecker shares his experiences and how God taught him faith even at the frontlines.


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