SGT Dominick "Michael" Pilla (March 31, 1972 - October 3, 1993) was a U.S. Army Ranger who served in Mogadishu, Somalia. He was one of 18 U.S. soldiers killed during the Battle of Mogadishu.
Pilla's role was that of a Support Gunner, carrying an M60 LMG. After the extraction of the two primary targets for the raid was complete, the convoy came under heavy fire while making it's way back to the TFR compound at the Mogadishu airport. Sgt. Dominick Pilla is notable for being the first American casualty of the October 3rd raid. He, and a Somali militia fighter were both killed at the "same time". Pilla was riding in the right rear of a Humvee, when he saw a Somali who was aiming his AK-47 at their turret gunner (Pfc. Brad Paulsen) who was manning an M2 Browning HMG.
Pilla saw the Somali point his AK at Paulsen, the Somali then saw Pilla, both fired their weapons at the same time, killing eachother.
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MSgt Timothy A Wilkinson
On October 3, Wilkinson and fellow pararescueman MSgt Scott C. Fales and Combat Controller SSgt Jeffrey W. Bray—all with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron— were responding to a crisis after a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher shot down an MH–60 helicopter carrying U.S. Army Rangers. A Ranger Task Force in the vicinity responded to secure the crash site and protect Americans.
An MH-60 delivered the combat search and rescue element, including Wilkinson, Fales, and thirteen Rangers. While an RPG hit the main rotor of the helicopter, the pilot held it in position until the team was clear of the ropes and then flew it home.
Under heavy fire, Wilkinson quickly extracted five wounded Rangers on board the crashed helicopter, one by one to a control point where Fales, who had sustained a leg wound, provided treatment.Both of the medics used their own bodies to shield the wounded from continuous fire.Bray proved invaluable in coordinating helicopter gunship fire against the enemy.
At the ceremony when Wilkinson received his Air Force Cross, he requested that all present remember those teammates who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives in the service of their country.