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In the Company of Heroes

In the Company of Heroes is a book by Michael Durant and Steven Hartov about Durant's experiences in the Battle of Mogadishu, Korea, the Persian Gulf, Thailand, Panama, and Iraq. In the Battle of Mogadishu, the MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter code-named Super Six-Four that Durant was piloting was shot down over Somalia by a rocket-propelled grenade on October 3, 1993, and he was attacked by a mob and had to fight for his life. MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart volunteered to try to protect the pilot from the mob; while Durant was severely injured, he survived, but Gordon and Shughart did not, and were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery. Durant became a prisoner of Somali warlord Mohamed Farah Aidid for 11 days.

In the Company of Heroes: A True Story
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Hardcover edition
AuthorMike Durant, Steven Hartov, Mark Bowden (Introduction)
CountryUnited States
GenreWar, Historical Nonfiction
PublisherNew American Library
Publication date
2003 (Hardcover) 2006 (Paperback)
Media typeHardcover and Trade Paperback
Pages361 (Hardcover) 387 (Paperback)

The introduction is written by Mark Bowden, author of the book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War. Durant was portrayed by Ron Eldard in the film Black Hawk Down, based on Bowden's book.

The book was a New York Times bestseller.


  • Durant, Michael with Hartov, Steven (2003). In The Company of Heroes. New American Liberty. New York, New York (USA).
  • Bowden, Mark (March 1999). Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War. Atlantic Monthly Press. Berkeley, California (USA).