Transcript for Sunday Spotlight: Return to Mogadishu
Our "sunday spotlight" shines today on jeff struecker, an army ranger caught in a fire firefight that inspired black hawk down. A life-changing experience that inspired him to return to mogadishu. And matthew dowd is back with struecker's story. Reporter: In 1993, he was a 24-year-old army ranger sergeant, tasked with leading men through hostile streets of mogadishu. Somalia had descended into chaos. U.S. Sent an elite team to help restore order. On this day, the routine mission went horribly wrong. A black hawk helicopter was downed by warlord. An assault mission turned quickly to rescue mission. I went through still to this day, the most intense gun fight. That I have ever been in in my life. There was nothing that I could do about it. Reporter: Then you're told, you'll have to go back out because there's another rescue that has to be done. Do you think you were going out on a death mission? All of us were thinking this is a suicide mission. If we go back through, what we just drove through, all of us are going to die. Listening over the radio, people's voices were getting more and more terrified. I started thinking about my family and I started praying. Reporter: A moment so intense, so powerful, it changed everything. It was a life-transforming event for me. I think many people think that jeff got shot at and he got scared and he's different because of it. That's not it. Firefights and previous combat. I had a very, very strong faith in jesus christ before I went. But my faith became so real and it became so significance. Reporter: So much so, sergeant struecker became an army chaplain and now a pastor. A dramatically new life. The revolution found when he returned to the battlefield this past spring. Incredible trip captured all on camera. As you're driving through the streets and the market, you could almost feel your heart pounding, are you at this point, wow, something could happen actually again? Even watching the movie "black hawk down" for the first time, I didn't relive the emotions of mogadishu until i went back there this spring. Immediately the emotions came flooding back like I was there yesterday. This is what the roads look like with people. It's very dangerous. Don't turn back. Keep going. Reporter: For struecker, it was a journey from fighting to family, to faith, are you glad looking back at your trip that you went back? I wouldn't use the word glad. Would I do it again a third time? Absolutely not. I'm glad it's over. Reporter: For "this week," I'm matthew dowd, in columbus georgia. You can see it all on our website at abcnews.Com/thisweek. Now, we honor our fellow americans who serve and sacrifice. This week the pentagon released the names of seven service members. And that is all for us today. Thanks for sharing part of your sunday with us. Check out "world news" with david muir tonight and I'll see you tomorrow on "good morning america." You tomorrow on "good morning
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