First Sergeant Matt Eversmann: Veterans Day Celebration

Thursday, November 11, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

In October of 1993, First Sergeant  Matt Eversmann led a group of Army Rangers in a UN peacekeeping operation in Somalia. Having been trapped, outnumbered, and marked for death, Eversmann’s survival and heroism earned him a Bronze Star Medal with valor device. He’s since been immortalized in the film Black Hawk Down. Upon returning from Somalia, Eversmann committed to teaching the next generation of leaders through his experience with the atrocities of war – not unlike our namesake, Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein. His story highlights the importance of leadership, followership, and responsibility in our age of tribalism.

This Veterans Day, in honor of the men and women in uniform, past and present, the Hauenstein Center, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Grand Valley State University’s Peter Secchia Military and Veteran Resource Center, and Grand Valley State University’s Office of the President are proud to welcome First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, co-author of The Battle of Mogadishu and Walk in My Combat Boots.

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Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

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This event was added to the calendar by Samantha York ( on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 and was last updated on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 9:42 a.m.