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Army Heritage Center Foundation Announces 2018 Honorees

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Twenty-five years ago two Army Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 U.S. Soldiers died during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. The Army Heritage Center Foundation wants to honor and recognize those who fought during that battle at its 11th Annual Membership and Recognition Dinner on November 3, 2018.  The dinner, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, will also recognize those that support our Nation’s Soldiers and those that support the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.



  • Living Legend Award: CWO4 Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1SG Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired
  • Boots on the Ground Award: Special Operations Warrior Foundation
  • MG John Armstrong Award: LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired


Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1st Sergeant Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired will receive the Foundation’s Living Legend Award for their contributions as Soldiers during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia in 1993.  Their individual achievements deserve recognition and serve as an inspiration for others.


Durant was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) and participated in combat operations Prime Chance, Just Cause, Desert Storm, and Gothic Serpent, in which he was briefly held prisoner in 1993 after a raid in Somalia in which the Black Hawk he was piloting was shot down. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, and Prisoner of War Medal. He is also the author of In the Company of Heroes and The Night Stalkers.


Eversmann led a Ranger unit (Chalk Four) with little combat experience in the eighteen hour Battle of Mogadishu for which he received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device. Before he retired from active military duty in 2008 after 20 years of service, Eversmann served eighteen months in Iraq where he led an elite Army Ranger force. He taught at the U.S. Army War College and Johns Hopkins University and is the author of The Battle of Mogadishu.


Recognizing individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families, the Foundation has selected Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) to receive the Foundation’s Boots on the Ground Award.  SOWF supports Special Operations personnel from all U.S. military branches by providing full financial assistance for college education, counseling, preschool grants, and tutoring to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lost their lives in the line-of-duty and also provides immediate financial grants to severely combat-wounded and hospitalized Special Operations personnel and their families.  Since its inception almost 40 years ago, SOWF has provided college tuition for almost 1,300 children of Special Operations personnel and assisted 1,100 wounded personnel.


LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired will also receive the MG John Armstrong Award.  Named for MG John Armstrong (1725-1795), a Soldier, a Statesman, a Pioneer, and a Leader who shaped the development of this region and the Nation, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped develop USAHEC. For the past three decades, Colonel Andresen has been an ardent supporter of USAHEC’s archives and has been instrumental in enhancing the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center through the preservation and accessibility of Army tech manuals and regulations. After 28 years of active duty, Colonel Andresen volunteered at USAHEC full time for 25 years.


The Dinner

This annual dinner will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, allowing the Foundation to better showcase the Center’s assets to its guests, to honor Veterans past and present and those who support Soldiers, and to thank those who support the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in “Telling the Army Story . . . one Soldier at a time.®”   


Included in the evening’s activities is a silent auction that includes unique items and gift certificates to regional attractions, restaurants, wineries, and golf courses, among others.


Dinner sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional details about the dinner and silent auction, or to order tickets, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102,, or visit




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