First Sergeant Matt Eversmann (Ret.) - Hero of the Epic Film, Black Hawk Down, and the Battle of Mogadishu
First Sergeant Matt Eversmann's legendary leadership while facing the horrors of war cemented his status as an American military hero. Portrayed by Josh Hartnett, Eversmann was immortalized in the epic film, Black Hawk Down, which recounts the 18 harrowing hours when US soldiers in Somalia were trapped in a hostile district of Mogadishu. Young Rangers and Delta Force soldiers fought side-by-side, outnumbered and marked for death by an angry mob, until a rescue convoy was mounted.
The benefit to BGSU students
BGSU students will have a special opportunity to meet Sergeant Eversmann during an afternoon presentation on Tuesday, November 10. Students will be able to hear his heroic tale as well as have the opportunity to meet the speaker and ask questions.
Students, with your help, will also be able to interact with Eversmann during an evening dinner and presentation in BGSU’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union Grand Ballroom as he relays his inspirational story that started during the Battle of Mogadishu. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a presentation at 7:30 and a book signing at 8:30. The event is being sponsored by BGSU University Libraries.
About Sergeant Eversmann
Committed to sharing the lessons he learned in the military, Eversmann, a best-selling author, focuses on motivating all people, be they soldiers, students, or employees, through values-based leadership, encouraging them to do their best and dedicate themselves to a cause. His courage and patriotism are unmatched, and his power as a motivational speaker is unrivaled.
Eversmann has received many military decorations, including the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Ribbon, eight Army Achievement medals, and four Army Commendation medals. For his service in Somalia, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Before his retirement in early 2008, Eversmann served 18 months in Iraq leading an elite Army Ranger force.
For more information on the event, visit: http://www.bgsu.edu/library/about/ordinary-people-extraordinary-stories.html