Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Medal of Honor Memorial
5th Annual MSG Gary Gordon MOH Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk
Saturday June 29th at 9:00AM EST
Participation can be in-person or virtual.
You can participate in person in the 5K Fun Walk/Run virtually from anywhere in the world if you cannot make it to Lincoln for the race in person.
Virtual participants will also receive a commemorative medal in the mail.
Whether you are in Lincoln or are a virtual participant, the event is going to be really fun and memorable! We hope that you will participate in this event no matter where you are in the world.
Please note that event registration (both in-person and virtual) includes a racer’s medal, but it does not include the commemorative event shirt.
This year, there are a men’s performance shirt, a women’s performance shirt, and a pinnie available for purchase. Proceeds from the shirt sales will go towards the construction of the memorial.
Shirts can be purchased through the link below. They will be mailed directly to you. In order for shirts to arrive in time for the event, shirt sales end May 27th. Please be sure to order your shirt before May 27th.
If you can not make it to the event in person or virtually, but you would still like to make a donation, click the link below. Please include that the donation is for the MSG Gary Gordon Memorial Fund when making your donation. Thank you. Be a Hero for a Hero – Make a Donation
SFC Randy Shughart (left)MSG Gary Gordon (right)
MSG Gary Gordon
Gary Gordon was born in Lincoln, ME in the year 1960. At the age of 18, he joined the United States Army. On October 3rd, 1993, while serving as Sniper Team Leader during the Battle of Mogadishu, MSG Gordon distinguished himself by actions far beyond the call of duty.
When a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down by enemy fire, and there were no ground forces nearby to secure the crash site, Master Sergeant Gary Gordon and Sergeant First Class Randy Shughart volunteered to be sent to the crash site to protect the four critically wounded men from oncoming Somali militants. Equipped with only a sniper rifle each and a pistol, these men fought their way to the injured men and valiantly protected them.
When SFC Shughart had been fatally wounded, and MSG Gordon’s rifle ammunition had been entirely depleted, MSG Gordon returned to the helicopter wreckage to recover a rifle with the last five rounds of ammunition. Then, he selflessly handed the rifle to the injured pilot with the words “Good luck”, and he continued to defend using his pistol until he was fatally wounded. The actions of these extraordinary men saved the pilot’s life.
MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart were each posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on May 23rd, 1994 for their heroic service above and beyond the call of duty.
We are keeping the legacy of MSG Gary Gordon and his team alive by building a statue of Gary atop a pedestal. The Memorial will include plaques, which will list the names and units of all the men who made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia. The Memorial will reside in Veteran’s Park in Gary’s hometown of Lincoln.