Hispanic Heritage Month
Fact: Operation Restore Hope was an American military operation with the support of the United Nations to deliver humanitarian aid and restore order to the Northeast African nation of Somalia. The country was suffering from a severe famine, anarchy, and domination by a number of warlords following the collapse of Siad Barre's Marxist government and the outbreak of the Somalian Civil War. On January 30, 1993, Private First Class Domingo Arroyo, Jr., a Marine from Puerto Rico, became the first of three Marines of Hispanic descent to die in the Battle of Mogadishu. A total of 45 American soldiers were killed during the operation.