"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." General George S. Patton
On October 3, 1993, a young Army Ranger was in Somalia as part of the force trying to contain the warlords that were wreaking havoc on the starving people of Mogadishu. The powers-that-be decided to launch a raid to capture the dreaded warlord, Mohammed Adid. The raid was made up of about 120 Rangers and Delta Force Operators.The fire fight had raged for hours. By the time the sun came the next morning, and the smoke cleared, of the 120 Americans in combat, 18 were dead and 73 wounded. Over 2500 Somalis lay dead or wounded.
During this long and vicious battle, a young Ranger had fallen from one of the helicopters and was terribly injured. Without help, the medics said he would die. One man stepped forward and volunteered to set off alone in search of a medivac vehicle, following the Ranger Creed of "….never will I leave a fallen comrade…"Ranger Casey Joyce was killed in action and was decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor for his heroic rescue efforts. He was also awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge.Casey Joyce was born August 15, 1969 at Fort Rucker, Alabama. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas at Denton. He enlisted in the Army in November 1990, completed Airborne Training and earned the coveted Ranger tab. He served with the B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA.
Casey didn't just memorize the Ranger Creed, he lived and died by it.
Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of the Rangers.
Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.
Never shall I fail my comrades.
I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.
Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier.
My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.
Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word.
I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.
Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.
Rangers Lead The Way!.."All the way!"
Casey was shot in the back during a fight with Al Qaeda trained Somalis. Arguably the first combat with Al Qaeda. He had removed the rear plate in his ballistic vest, telling one of his fellow Rangers that he won't be running away so he won't be needing it.