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January 2003

Release Date: January 23, 2003

ASU Talk Scheduled for Black Hawk Down Survivor

Army Ranger Sgt. Matthew Eversmann will talk about the 1993 Mogadishu, Somalia, incident made famous in the bestseller and subsequent movie Black Hawk Down during a 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, presentation at Angelo State University.

Eversmann will speak in the Davidson Conference Center of the Houston Harte University Center as part of the University Center Program Council's speaker series. His talk is open to the public. Tickets cost $1. A reception will follow the speech, which is sponsored by University Center Program Council Speakers and Hospitality Committees.

Black Hawk Down chronicles the heroic actions of elite U.S. soldiers against overwhelming odds during a 1993 rescue effort in Mogadishu. Eversmann, who was portrayed in the movie by Josh Hartnett, fought along side fellow U.S. Rangers and Delta Force soldiers for 18 hours while outnumbered and surrounded in the most hostile district of Mogadishu. A rescue convoy finally relieved them. He received the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge for his service in Somalia.

Today Eversmann is officially a senior instructor in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Johns Hopkins University. Unofficially, he is an emissary for the U.S. Army, having spoken to audiences worldwide on his Somalia experience. He has represented the Army on Larry King Live and on Dateline with Stone Phillips as well as lectured at West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He originally enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in 1987.