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This year marks 30 years since the Battle of Mogadishu, or what's often referred to as the Black Hawk Down Incident. It was fought in the capital city of Somalia. U.S forces were part of a United Nations effort to relieve famine caused by civil war and drought.

As tensions rose between Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid and U.N. forces, he became a marked man. U.S. Special Forces elite service members (Delta Force, 160th SOAR and Army Rangers) launched a mission to get Aidid's top lieutenants on Oct. 3, 1993. The fighting turned into the bloodiest battle for U.S.troops, at that time, since the Vietnam War.

By the morning of Oct. 4, two Black Hawks had been shot down, 18 soldiers died and one prisoner of war was taken. A few days after the battle– another American soldier died during a mortar attack on the U.S. compound in Mogadishu.

In total, 19 families would join a select group no one wants to belong to, they would forever be branded as Gold Star Families. Service members were forced to push forward without their friends.