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Gary Ivan Gordon



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Lincoln Center Cemetery

Born:  August 30, 1960 at Lincoln, ME

Entered Service in the US Army from Lincoln, ME

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Somalia For heroism October 03, 1993 at Mogadishu, Somalia

Died:  October 03, 1993 at the age of 33

Master Sergeant Gordon's sniper team provided fire from the lead helicopter at two crash sites. When he learned ground forces were not available to secure the site, he and Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart volunteered to be inserted to protect four wounded personnel. He received permission to perform this mission and was inserted 100 meters south of the crash site. With only his sniper rifle and pistol, he and SFC Shughart fought through a maze of shanties and shacks to reach the injured crew. Gordon pulled the pilot and the other crew from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and SFC Shughart in the most vulnerable position. He used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers. He then went to the wreckage, recovering some of the crew's weapons. Though low on ammunition, he gave it to the dazed pilot and radioed for help. After his SFC Shughart was fatally wounded and his own ammunition exhausted, he returned to the wreckage, recovering a rifle with the last five rounds of ammunition and gave it to the pilot with the words, "good luck." Armed only with his pistol, Master Sergeant Gordon continued to fight until he was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life.



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