Headstone Of Renowned Lincoln Maine War Hero Allegedly Vandalized
The Lincoln Police Department has posted some disturbing photographs.
Really? Who would do this?
It's been 27 years now, and you may not know who Gary Ivan Gordon was just off the top of your head. But he was certainly a man of courage, and a man who believed at the right moment that he had a job to do.
Gary Gordon graduated from Mattanawcook Academy in 1978, and then joined the United States Army. By 1986, Gordon was a member of the elite Delta Force, a unit that specialized in doing things like hostage recovery, counter-terrorism, and "direct action" maneuvers.
In 1993, Gordon was part of the now infamous combat search and rescue team that was dispatched to a horrible scene in Mogadishu, Somalia, where two U.S. Military Blackhawk helicopters had been shot down.
While still hovering in the air over the scene of the second helicopter that was shot down and providing air cover, Gordon argued with his commander that he and his partner should be lowered to help, protect, and hopefully rescue the four injured and wounded crew members stranded on the ground below who were quickly being surrounded by opposing armed forces.
A heavily armed Gary Gordon and another Delta Force crew member, Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart, were eventually lowered into the battle scene were they valiantly fought the now surging numbers of hostile Somalis.
Vastly outnumbered, both Gordon and Shughart were killed.
In May of 1994, both Gordon and Shughart posthumously received the Medal of Honor, among other distinguished awards. A book was written and a movie named Black Hawk Down was made.
The late Gary Gordon of Lincoln, Maine, is a definitive war hero. He was what makes the United States of America, great, and the leader of the free world.
There is talk that the markings on Gordon's headstone in Lincoln Cemetery may be preliminary work done by the Veteran's Administration for what is known as "gold inlays", but the Lincoln Police and Gordon's family have no information at the moment about that. We hope that may be the case. The timing may be right with Memorial Day coming right up.
The Facebook posting by the Lincoln Police Department has a phone # on it if you happen to know of anything.