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November 2016, Temporary Exhibit Update

The Task Force Ranger and Battle of Mogadishu Exhibit is closing. Last day to see the exhibit will be Sunday November

On 3 October 1993, Task Force Ranger launched a mission to capture two of General Muhammed Farah Aideed’s top lieutenants.  The raid was supposed to be a routine “grab and snatch” that would last a total of 35 to 40 minutes. The mission, however, transformed into a major firefight that lasted about 14 hours.

At the end of this 14-hour mission, 18 Americans and one Malaysian were dead and 84 Americans and seven Malaysians were wounded. Between 300 and 500 Somalis were killed and 700 and 1,000 were wounded. During a memorial ceremony on October 6, only two days after the battle, a mortar attack at the airfield killed a Task Force Ranger soldier and injured 16 others.

Although the battle was a tactical victory, the American people were outraged at the disturbing images and treatment of dead U.S. Soldiers and prisoner of war Michael Durant. On October 7, President Bill Clinton announced that U.S. forces would withdraw from Somalia by 31 March 1994. The raid on 3-4 October was Task Force Ranger’s last mission. The unit left Mogadishu on 25 October 1993.

Task Force Ranger’s story is told through artifacts, interviews, and quotes.  The heart of the exhibit is  the rotor hub from the Super 61.

JWP Prize April 2015

Museum Curator Dr. Nicole Suarez and Museum Director Jim Bartlinski accept the John Wesley Powell Prize on 25 April 2015.

“Task Force Ranger and the Battle of Mogadishu” won the 2015  John Wesley Powell Prize, an award given for historic preservation or display.  All Federal institutions across the nation were considered for this prize that grades exhibits based on its thoroughness of historical research, high level of technical expertise, and the ground breaking aspects of the exhibit. Award Criteria may be found here.  This exhibit is the first time that Special Operations veterans were given permission to share their experiences in a public venue, and the first time their families were interviewed regarding their experiences.  The U.S. Army Center of Military History wrote a detailed article about the exhibit and the reasons for which it was chosen for this award: Task Force Ranger and the Battle of Mogadishu Exhibit.

This Temporary Exhibit display has been extended.  Originally scheduled to close in the Fall of 2014, it will now stay open until the November of 2015.

In the news:

 

 

Super 61 Rotor

Super 61 Rotor

Exhibit Poster

Task force Ranger and the Battle of Mogadishu Poster

Shugart and Gordan aiding Durang.

Diorama depicting Shughart and Gordon aiding Mike Durant.

 

Map of Mogadishu

Map of Mogadishu

Bakara Market

Diorama of Bakara Market

Boots worn in Mogadishu

Boots worn in Mogadishu

Diorama depicting Shughart and Gordon aiding Mike Durant.

Diorama depicting Shughart and Gordon aiding Mike Durant.

Super 61

Super 61

Super 61

Super 61

Shugart's Beret

Shugart’s Beret

Durant's Bible

Durant’s Bible

Special Exhibits

Special Exhibits

This smaller exhibit gallery allows for the presentation of stories not told in the main gallery, and changes from time to time. Located just to the side of the main exhibit gallery, this space is open during regular museum hours.

From the museum’s first special exhibit, which displayed a collection of Army artwork, to the high-tech Soldiers: The Global War on Terrorism exhibit that incorporated four large flat-screen monitors, the gallery is designed to cover an ever changing and wide variety of topics.

Past exhibits include:

  • Army Art
  • From Dunn to D-Day: Remembering Bill Lee
  • Korea: A War Remembered
  • Evolution of Our Community: Fort Bragg and Fayetteville
  • Evolution of a Friendship: German-American Relations
  • Crossing the Rhine: The 17th Airborne
  • De Oppresso Liber: Special Forces at 50
  • Soldiers: The Global War on Terrorism
  • Vietnam: A War Remembered
  • The Animal Called POW

Current Exhibit:

  • Task Force Ranger and the Battle of Mogadishu

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