As night falls on the city, Aidid's militants launch a sustained assault on the Americans at the first crash site. The militants are held off throughout the night by air support from Little Bird helicopters, until the 10th Mountain Division's relief column is able to reach and reinforce the American soldiers. The wounded and casualties are evacuated in the tanks, but a few of Rangers and Delta Force soldiers are forced to run on foot from the crash site. Finally after fighting through militia forces, they reach the Pakistani Compound in the UN Safe Zone.
The end titles detail the immediate aftermath of the mission and end of military operations in Somalia. Including Michael Durants release after 11 days of captivity. At which point President Clinton withdrew all US forces from Somalia.
Randy D. Shughart: My love, you are strong and you will do well in life. I love you and my children deeply. Today and tomorrow, each day grow and grow. Keep smiling and never give up, even when things get you down. So, in closing, my love... Tonight, tuck my children in bed warmly. Tell them I love them. Then hug them for me. And give them both a kiss good night for Daddy.
Trivia: According to veterans of the actual event, when the Rangers got the go-ahead for the mission and were getting their gear ready, "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N Roses was playing on the base's loudspeakers. There were some half-serious comments among the men about the appropriateness of this song. However, the film's producers failed to secure the rights to use "Welcome to the Jungle," so they substituted Faith No More's "Falling to Pieces"--which is perhaps thematically in line with what happened on the raid. (00:27:28)rbryant73
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