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Graphic Novel Shows ‘Black Hawk Down’ Snipers Gordon and Shughart in Action in Mogadishu

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Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart were part of a special operations sniper team with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. During the assault made famous as “Black Hawk Down,” they volunteered to be inserted at a helicopter crash site to protect the pilots and crew. They jumped into the firefight knowing that their own chances of survival were slim. Gordon and Shughart ultimately gave their lives to save others. Both were given the Medal of Honor. Their story is featured in a new graphic novel that is part of a series from the Association of the United States Army.

The AUSA celebrates their valor and that of others, with the Medal of Honor graphic novel series. These full-color digital books are created by a talented team of professionals drawn from the world of comic book industry, and the details are vetted by professional historians. Each eight-page issue profiles a true American hero, bringing to life the daring deeds that distinguished themselves by gallantry in action “above and beyond the call of duty.”

The series started in October 2018 with the release of Medal of Honor: Alvin York to commemorate the centennial of York’s heroic actions in World War I. To date, 16 issues have been published, commemorating such heroes as Audie Murphy, Mary Walker, Daniel Inouye, Henry Johnson, and Roy Benavidez.

AUSA produced four new issues in 2022, along with a paperback collection for the fall.

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