Black Hawk Down Themes

Mark Bowden
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Heroism, Courage, and Fear

The Rangers and D-boys demonstrate tremendous heroism and courage throughout the long afternoon and night of October 3, 1999. At the same time, they exhibit, or at least acknowledge, the terrible fears associated with war. Gordon and Shughart voluntarily rope down into certain death to provide cover for Super Six Four. Perino gives up his seat on the returning convoy to a frightened young Ranger. Sergeant John Macejunas, who "was said to be absolutely fearless," returns to the city—alone, as a civilian—to try to find the six men still missing from Durant's crash site.

Even the most experienced soldiers face terror and dread, especially in combat. Thoughts of dying paralyze some, and others pray to make it through alive. The anxiety of being shot or killed is heightened, especially for those heading into combat for the first time, when they see the carnage...

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