The U.S. Army upgraded the awards of 60 special operators who were involved in Operation Gothic Serpent, specifically the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, a fight commonly known as the “Black Hawk Down” incident.
Fifty-eight awards were upgraded to Silver Stars, the third-highest military combat award for valor, and two were upgraded to the Distinguished Flying Cross, an award for heroism during an aerial fight, the Army announced Thursday.
Operation Gothic Serpent was a military mission by a U.S.-led coalition during a civil war in Somalia. A primary objective was to capture Somali warlords.
The mission, which ran from August to October 1993, took a disastrous turn when militant forces shot down two MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters over Mogadishu on Oct. 3 during an attempt to capture targets linked to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.