- Killed in action by a remotely-detonated mine on August 8, 1993
during Operation Restore Hope
UNITED STATES ARMY MILITARY POLICE HISTORY
HISTORY FROM 1986
August 8, 1993 - Near the Medina marketplace, in Mogadishu, Somalia, at just before 9:00 a.m., a command-detonated mine, containing approximately 50 pounds of explosives, is detonated under a military police patrol.
A second trail vehicle, with five MP, assists the mortally wounded driver and secure the scene. Eight other MP teams quickly arrive and assist until a QRF from the 10th Mountain Division arrives.
Killed in the explosion are the driver and three other MP's:
A MONUMENT honoring soldiers from the 716th Military Police Battalion killed in the line of duty was scheduled to be dedicated Sept. 30 at Fort Riley, Kan.
The monument, to be erected in front of the battalion headquarters, will honor battalion soldiers lost in conflicts from World War II to Somalia. The three Fort Riley MPs killed in Somalia were Sgt. Christopher Hilgert, Sgt. Keith Pearson and Spec. Mark Gutting.
In addition to
the monument, the 716th MP Bn. Memorial Association plans to sponsor
and provide scholarships.