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Matthew Eversmann
Born 1967
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Matthew Eversmann (right) talking with SMA Jack Tilley (left).
Nickname Matt
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1987 – 2008
Rank First Sergeant
Unit 10th Mountain Division
3rd Ranger Battalion
Battles/wars Battle of Mogadishu,
Iraq War
Awards Bronze Star with Valor Device,
Meritorious Service Medal,
Army Commendation Medal (4)

Matthew Eversmann (born 1967) is a US Army Ranger and was the leader of Chalk 4 during the Battle of Mogadishu. The October 3, 1993 mission was his first time leading a group in combat. In the movie Black Hawk Down his role was a main character played by Josh Hartnett. Contrary to the movie though, Eversmann was picked up by and fought alongside the "Lost Convoy," not the ground assault to the downed helicopters (a role taken by two other U.S. Army Rangers. [1]

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Biography

Military career

Eversmann enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in December 1987 and was stationed at Fort Drum, New York with the 10th Mountain Division. In 1992 he reenlisted and arrived at Fort Benning, Georgia for his assignment in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He spent eight and a half years in the Regiment serving as a squad leader, a weapons squad leader, the Battalion Air Operations Sergeant, the Battalion Liaison Sergeant, and a Platoon Sergeant. Eversmann also was the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the 75th Ranger Regiment's Pre Ranger Course that helps train soldiers to pass Ranger School.[2]

While serving as a sergeant in the Ranger Regiment, Eversmann traveled the world. From Panama to England, Korea to Egypt, he met and trained with soldiers across the globe. In August 1993, the twenty-six year old Eversmann and his company deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation Gothic Serpent.

Military schools and awards

Eversmann has attended many military schools: Airborne, Ranger, SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) School, Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, as well as the Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course. He was the Leadership Award winner at Ranger School, the Primary Leadership Development Course, and the Basic NonCommissioned Officers Course. He also graduated from the Master Fitness School, Jumpmaster School, Special Operations Tactics course, and the Equal Opportunity Course. Eversmann wears the following awards and decorations: the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Ribbon, 8 Army Achievement Medals, 4 Army Commendation Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, the Ranger Tab, Master Parachute Wings, Royal Thai Jump Wings, British Jump Wings, Egyptian Jump Wings, and the Expert Infantryman's Badge. For his service in Somalia he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor device and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Later military career

In August 2000, Eversmann, a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity was awarded an honorary bachelors degree from Hampden-Sydney College, in recognition for his service to his country.

Eversmann has lectured on his experience in Somalia all over the world. He has given presentations to soldiers at all levels, from Officer Candidates at Fort Benning to Colonels at the Army War College. He has represented the Army on Larry King Live and on Dateline with Stone Phillips, and has lectured the cadets and faculty at West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy.

Eversmann was a Senior Instructor at the Johns Hopkins University Army ROTC Department and is co-author of the book The Battle of Mogadishu.

1SG Eversmann retired after finishing his career as the Company First Sergeant for Alpha Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, of the 10th Mountain Divisions 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Notes

  1. ^ Bowden 1999 pp. 101-103 & 293
  2. ^ "Sgt. Matt Eversmann Biography" (in English). Keppler Speakers. http://www.kepplerspeakers.com/speakers/speakers.asp?Sgt.+Matt+Eversmann. Retrieved 2008. 

References

  • Bowden, M (1999). Black Hawk Down, Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-451-20393-9

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