Thirty Years in the Making

Over thirty years after his courageous deeds during the notorious Battle of Mogadishu, the military recently honored retired Army Major Larry Moores with the Silver Star. This prestigious award, ranking third in the hierarchy of U.S. military commendations for bravery, was presented to Moores on March 25. It recognizes his courageous actions as a young Army Ranger from the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Moores’s efforts included assisting numerous fellow Rangers who were pinned down by enemy fire.

During the medal presentation ceremony, General Gary Brito, the leader of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, lauded Moores’s resilience and dedication.

“Mr. Moores, your unwavering resolve and dedication to your fellow soldiers epitomize the spirit of the Ranger Creed. Your heroic acts in Somalia were a testament to your solidarity with your brothers in arms,” Gen. Brito said.

The Battle of Mogadishu

The Battle of Mogadishu, which took place from October 3 to October 4, 1993, was later popularized by the 2001 film “Black Hawk Down.” This confrontation involved U.S. forces, including Moores, as part of Task Force Ranger against Somali militia fighters. The mission’s initial objective was to detain two lieutenants of the Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, but it escalated dramatically upon the downing of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters.

Retired Army Colonel Larry Perino, who fought alongside Moores as a platoon leader during the conflict, highlighted Moores’s instrumental role in the survival of many soldiers.

Col. Perino remarked during the ceremony:

“Larry merited this honor because he decided to return to the fray, leading his men to break the siege despite facing relentless enemy fire.”