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Lincoln, ME – U.S. Senator Susan Collins attended the unveiling ceremony for the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Medal of Honor Memorial. The Special Forces Charitable Trust hosted the ceremony to honor and remember MSG Gordon, a Lincoln native and a master sergeant in the United States Army’s Delta Force special operations unit who sacrificed his life while rescuing a downed helicopter crew in Mogadishu, Somalia, on October 3, 1993. Michael Durant, the pilot of the helicopter that was shot down in Somalia, attended the ceremony.
“No soldier goes into battle intending to make the ultimate sacrifice. But there are rare heroes who consciously make the decision to risk their lives above and beyond the call of duty and, if need be, to give their lives to save others,” said Senator Collins. “A few of these heroes perform acts of courage so extraordinary that they are recipients of the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military honor. Master Sergeant Gordon is among them.”
“This memorial to Master Sergeant Gordon commemorates a Medal of Honor soldier who fought with exceptional heroism and who gave his life so that his comrades might live. It recognizes a special fraternity whose ‘common bond is uncommon valor,’” continued Senator Collins. “The integrity, devotion to duty, and courage that Master Sergeant Gordon demonstrated in Somalia nearly three decades ago were forged right here in Lincoln, in his family and in this community.”
To honor the brave men and women who served in our country’s armed forces on Memorial Day, U.S. Senator Susan Collinsvisited Lincoln Veterans Memorial and Master Sergeant Gary Gordon’s grave in May 2020.