Nineteen years ago today...

  1. A friend of mine on another BB, an active-duty Marine, posted this this morning:

    http://www.beirut-memorial.org/
    In the early morning of October 23, 1983, the First Battalion, 8th Marines Headquarters building was destroyed by a non-Lebanese, terrorist-driven truck, laden with compressed gas-enhanced explosives. This truck, like many others, had become a familiar sight at the airport and so did not raise any alarm on this morning. The resulting explosion and the collapse of the building killed 241 Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers.
    I don't know how many of you remember this, or learned about it in school, but I thought it was worth remembering. My friend, who is on leave, was planning to put on his dress uniform today and give a talk at his local high school.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Q.
    I do remember this, not personally, but reflecting back on it. I was in fifth grade at the time, I think.

    It is worth remembering. Thanks for posting.
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    It just doesn't seem like it was 19 years ago. Seems more like 4 or 5.
  5. by   Dplear
    And this also can be traced back to Bin Laden.....

    Dave

    may their souls rest in peace for their killers will rot in hell
  6. by   kmchugh
    I remember it. I was on active duty with the US Army at the time. Oddly enough, I had just transferred out of the 1st Battalion, 8th US Army Infantry to go to school at Fort Huachuca. I can remember clearly being angered and saddened for the Marines who died in the bombing. I'm with Dave. Rest in peace, my friends. Your killers are on the run.

    Kevin McHugh
  7. by   cmggriff
    A friend of mine landed in Beirut just after. He was a marine. To all of my fallen comrades in all of these bitter wars, declared or not, I remember. I honor your sacrifice as best I can. Gary
  8. by   oramar
    I remember this very well, it just shows how long we ignored the warning signs. (I include myself in that)
  9. by   JonRN
    I remember it well also. Reat in Peace Marines and Semper Fi. Your sacrifices will not be for naught, you will be avenged.

    Pappy
  10. by   rncountry
    I recall it well, my now ex-husband was active duty Air Force at the time. I'm with Vegas, it doesn't seem like it was so long ago, though I know it is when I think about it.
    I feel like if we done something then, things might be different now. Instead we pulled out of Beirut.
    I salute all those that have died in service to their country.

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