• More than a hundred Rangers, Delta operators, and SEALs sat on the tarmac in Somalia in the hot afternoon sun on October 3, 1993, waiting for the signal to take off and begin their mission.
• Many times in the past, the soldiers had waited like this only to have their mission scrubbed at the last minute.
• This time, however, four chalks under the command of Captain Steele would go into Mogadishu to provide cover for the Delta operators to capture two of warlord Aidid's men.
• Like many of the men, Chalk Four leader Eversmann left behind his canteen and NODs to make room for more ammunition.
• There were tires burning in the street when the first of the helicopters began to converge on the skies above the cities, normally a sign that the Somalis knew they were coming.
• As the helicopters hovered over the target area, the Rangers...
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