‘Black Hawk Down’ Sgt. Matt Eversmann to speak here Tuesday

Sgt. Matt Eversmann, who was portrayed by actor Josh Hartnett in the film “Black Hawk Down,” will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center at the University of St. Thomas.

Sponsored by St. Thomas’ University Lectures Committee, the talk is free and open to the public. For more information about the talk, call Luke Motschenbacher, chair of the University Lectures Committee, (651) 962-6136.

Sgt. Matt Eversmann

The film, and the novel Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, by Mark Bowden, recount the Oct. 3, 1993, battle of Mogadishu during the Somalian Civil War. This battle, the longest sustained ground attack involving American soldiers since the Vietnam War, began as a mission to abduct two lieutenants of Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The mission was planned to take 60 minutes but ended up lasting 15 hours. Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans and hundreds of Somalians were killed.

In his talk, Eversmann will discuss his experiences at the battle and what he took away from it.

Eversmann, who was 26 when the battle took place, initially enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in 1987. In 1992 he re-enlisted with the 75th Ranger Regiment, where he served more than eight years as a squad leader and an air operations, battalion liaison and platoon sergeant. He has completed more than a dozen military schools, including ranger, sniper, survival, escape, jumpmaster and special operations. He received the Bronze Star for his service in Somalia.

Eversmann has spoken about his experiences throughout the world, including lectures at many college campuses. He currently teaches at the Johns Hopkins University ROTC program and is co-author of the recently published book The Battle of Mogadishu.