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January 2003

Release Date: January 8, 2003

Black Hawk Down Hero to Speak at ASU Jan. 28

Sgt. Matthew Eversmann, the Army Ranger portrayed by Josh Hartnett in the critically acclaimed film Black Hawk Down, will speak at Angelo State University Tuesday, Jan. 28, as part of the University Center Program Council's speaker series.

The movie, based on the book by the same name, chronicles the heroic actions of elite U.S. soldiers against overwhelming odds during a 1993 rescue effort in Mogadishu, Somalia. In the incident U.S. Rangers, including Eversmann, and Delta Force soldiers fought side by side for 18 hours while outnumbered and surrounded in the most hostile district of Mogadishu. They were finally relieved by a rescue convoy. Ironically, the U.S. troops were sent to Mogadishu as part of a U.N. peacekeeping operation.

Eversmann, a testament to the true nature of war and heroism, will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in ASU's Houston Harte University Center. A reception will follow the lecture. The University Center Program Council Speakers and Hospitality Committees are sponsoring Eversmann's ASU appearance.

Tickets cost $1 for general admission and will go on sale Monday, Jan. 13, at the University Center Information Desk. Ticket information is available by calling (325) 942-2062 or visiting www.angelo.edu/org/ucpc on the web.

Eversmann, currently a senior instructor in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Johns Hopkins University, received the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge for his service in Somalia.

He enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in 1987 and after basic training was stationed at Ft. Drum, N.Y. After re-enlisting in 1992, he was assigned to Ft. Benning, Ga., and a Ranger regiment. He spent more than eight years in the Rangers, serving as a squad leader, weapons squad leader, battalion air operations sergeant, battalion liaison sergeant, and platoon sergeant. Eversmann also was the officer in charge of the 75th Ranger Regiment's pre-Ranger course that helped train future leaders to pass the grueling Army Ranger School.

Eversmann has spoken to varied audiences worldwide on his Somalia experience. 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 and the U.S. Air Force Academy.