30 years ago today: Beirut barracks bombing

posted at 8:01 am on October 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The suicide bombing on the Beirut airport barracks for American peacekeepers in Lebanon killed 241 US servicemen — 220 Marines, 18 sailors, and three soldiers. The last time that many Marines died at once was during the assault on Iwo Jima, and the overall single-day casualty toll was the highest for the Pentagon since the first day of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam. The French lost another 58 soldiers in a separate attack on their peacekeepers, with both attacks conducted by a little-known group at the time called Hezbollah — a proxy terrorist network of Iran, which hoped to seize control of Lebanon through Syria.

CBS News is rerunning their special report from that day, helmed by the late Charles Kuralt:

At the time, the UN-authorized peacekeeping force included Italian and British forces besides the US and French troops, arriving in 1982 as Lebanon was seven years deep in its civil war. Less than five months later, the US would leave under pressure at home to withdraw. It was another in a series of retreats in the face of radical Islamist terrorism that would embolden Iran to use its proxies against the West. The civil war ended in 1990 without the Western peacekeepers, with more than a million Lebanese fleeing the country during the conflct, many of them the once-dominant Christians. Hezbollah still remains armed in Lebanon, and now has a major political role in governance.

The attack mainly gets treated as a historical note as a result, but it had a lasting impact on American security. Younger readers may not know, for instance, that the decorative broad posts in front of government buildings began appearing as barricades after the Beirut bombings to prevent that kind of attack here — a suicide bomber driving a truck into the lobby of the building. (Had such a barricade existed in the barracks in 1983, the driver might have been forced to detonate the bomb outside the building, and more Americans might have survived.) American enthusiasm for peacekeeping missions drained considerably, and the performance of UN peacekeepers in Bosnia drained it even further.

The attack has not been forgotten, however. Last year, after almost three decades, the families of those killed and the survivors won a $2.1 billion judgment against Iran for ordering the terrorist attack, which followed a 2007 judgment of $2.7 billion against Iran. That will complicate Barack Obama’s attempt to reopen diplomatic relations with Tehran, but the act of war should not be forgotten. Kudos to CBS for making this a remembrance for today.

Update: My friend Allan Bourdius will spend today paying tribute to all those Americans who gave their lives for the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon from September 1982 to February 1984.


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Kudos to CBS for making this a remembrance for today.

…call me…shocked!

KOOLAID2 on October 23, 2013 at 8:04 AM

That will complicate Barack Obama’s attempt to reopen diplomatic relations with Tehran, but the act of war should not be forgotten.

Not really. The administration wants a deal to prove that the lazy stupid coward is an awesome diplomat or something. The families of the victims and this judgement will be ignored or, worse, waived by Obama.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Thanks for this post, Ed.

My own remembrance at Their Finest Hour includes the name of every American who lost their lives during the Lebanon “peacekeeping” mission from September 1982 until February 1984, and not just those killed on Sunday, October 23, 1983.

Starting at 9:05 AM Eastern today, I’ll be tweeting the names of the men lost 30 years ago today. Portions of the list will appear every 10 minutes “on the fives”.

allanbourdius on October 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

It was a very sad and expensive lesson learned by the Military.
It certainly was a wake-up call to the fact that Islamists will do anything to kill as many people as possible in order to further their agenda.
It also disturbs me that I never got the chance to visit the once “Jewel of the Mediterranean”. Another beautiful country ruined by Muslims.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 8:15 AM

It’s interesting to see how much news coverage has changed in three decades. The way everybody over-enunciates, for example. But what strikes me most is that there was no speculation in the early hours of the attack about who did it (compare to Chris Matthews blaming the Tea Party for the Boston Marathon bombing). They were careful to report only the facts they knew not making wild assumptions (compare to the reporting about the Washington Navy Yard coverage). And finally, they did not “analyze” and reach conclusions about just what kind of a response would be forthcoming.

Frankly, we would do better with this type of reporting than what we get today.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 8:22 AM

thanks for posting this Ed. I do remember that day. there is a memorial outside of camp Johnson, near Camp Lejeune North Carolina that commemorates this horrific attack. truly a sad day in our nation’s history.

ted c on October 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Reagan’s biggest Foreign policy mistake was putting them in there in the first place.

….that retreat (and the previous failures in Iran with the hostages set the stage for emboldening the terror groups in the Middle East to keep attacking us with impunity).

http://www.defense.gov/DODCMSShare/NewsStoryPhoto/2008-04/scr_beirut-embassy-killed.jpg

http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2008/1008_beirut/images/billboard11.jpg

A sad, sad day.

Will CBS remind us of the Benghazi attacks on the one year anniversary with such vigor? Oh, wait…..I guess not.

PappyD61 on October 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Not one mention on msdnc…. they’d rather talk about the ‘demise’ of the tea party and gop

cmsinaz on October 23, 2013 at 8:28 AM

RIP, Jim Nairn!

exhelodrvr on October 23, 2013 at 8:29 AM

And there were how many investigations in Congress of this egregious failure which cost the most American military lives since Pearl Harbor?

Oh wait..

inklake on October 23, 2013 at 8:32 AM

The lessoned which should have been learned is that we should only involve ourselves in conflicts in which threaten American soul and American lives. Those marines and sailors from the battalion landing team died – not for our freedom or for the US Constitution – but for some useless adventure.

MoreLiberty on October 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Will CBS remind us of the Benghazi attacks on the one year anniversary with such vigor? Oh, wait…..I guess not.

PappyD61 on October 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

To be fair, CBS with Sharyl Attkisson has been the best of the non-Fox alphabet notworks on reporting on both Benghazi and Fast & Furious.

The media was certainly liberal in 1983, and was ready to get into full investigatory mode over Beiruit. But the U.S. invasion of Grenada less than 24 hours later sent the left into outrageous outrage over the idea that that U.S. would overthrow a budding Communist nation being protected by Cuban troops, and the bombing of the barracks and the 300-plus Marine deaths actually became an afterthought in Washington and within the big media.

jon1979 on October 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Brave souls lost, because of failed policy decisions by Politicians and military leaders.

http://www.beirut-memorial.org/memory/brtnames.html

Abbott, Terry W. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. OH .. New Richmond, OH
Alexander, Clemon S. …… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Monticello, FL
Allman, John R. ……….. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. NM .. Carlsbad … NM
Arnold, Moses J. Jr. …… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Bailey, Charles K. …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Berlin, MD
Baker, Nicholas ……….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Alexandria, VA
Banks, Johansen ……….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. MI .. Detroit, MI
Barrett, Richard E. ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Tappahanock, VA
Bates, Ronny K. ……….. USN …. HM1 …. 10/23/1983 .. SC .. Aiken, SC
Battle, David L. ………. USMC … 1stSgt . 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Hubert, NC
Baynard, James R. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Richmond, VA
Beamon, Jesse W. ………. USN …. HN ….. 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Haines City, FL
Belmer, Alvin. ………… USMC … GySgt .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Bland, Stephen ………… USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Midway Park, NC
Blankenship, Richard L. … USMC … SGT …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Hubert, NC
Blocker, John W. ………. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Yulee, FL
Boccia, Joseph J. Jr. ….. USMC … Capt … 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Northport, NY
Bohannon, Leon Jr. …….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Bohnet, John R. Jr. ……. USMC … SSgt … 10/23/1983 .. TN .. Memphis, TN
Bonk, John J. Jr. ……… USMC … SGT …. 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Boulos, Jeffrey L. …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Islip, NY
Bousum, David R. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. MI .. Fife Lake, MI
Boyett, John N. ……….. USMC … 1stLT .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Brown, Anthony ………… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. MI .. Detroit, MI
Brown, David W. ……….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. TX .. Conroe, TX
Buchanan, Bobby S. Jr. …. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Midway Park, NC
Buckmaster, John B. ……. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Vandalia, OH
Burley, William F. …….. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. NJ .. Linden, NJ
Cain, Jimmy R. ………… USN …. HN ….. 10/23/1983 .. AL .. Birmington, AL
Callahan, Paul L. ……… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Lorain, OH
Camara, Mecot E. ………. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Hinton, WV
Campus, Bradley J. …….. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Lynn, MA
Ceasar, Johnnie D. …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. TX .. El Campo, TX
Cole, Marc L. …………. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Ludlow Falls, OH
Coleman, Marcus A. …….. USA …. SP4 …. 10/23/1983 .. TX .. Dallas, TX
Comas, Juan M. ………… USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Hialeah, FL
Conley, Robert A. ……… USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Orlando, FL
Cook, Charles D. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Advance, NC
Cooper, Curtis J. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. PA .. North Wales, PA
Copeland, Johnny L. ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Burlington, NC
Corcoran, Bert D. ……… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Katonah, NY
Cosner, David L. ………. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. WV .. Elkins, WV
Coulman, Kevin P. ……… USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Seminary, NY
Croft, Brett A. ……….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Lakeland, FL
Crudale, Rick R. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Warwick, RI
Custard, Kevin P. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. MN .. Virginia, MN
Cyzick, Russell E. …….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. WV .. Star City, WV
Davis, Andrew L. ………. USMC … Maj …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Decker, Sidney James …… USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. KY .. Clarkson, KY
Devlin, Michael J. …….. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Westwood, MA
Dibenedetto, Thomas A. …. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. CT .. Mansfield Center, CT
Dorsey, Nathaniel G. …… USMC … Pvt …. 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Baltimore, MD
Douglass, Frederick B. …. USMC … SgtMaj . 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Cataumet, MA
Dunnigan, Timothy J. …… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. WV .. Princeton, WV
Earle, Bryan L. ……….. USN …. HN ….. 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Painsville, OH
Edwards, Roy L. ……….. USMC … MSgt … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Elliot, William D. Jr. …. USN …. HM3 …. 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Lancaster, PA
Ellison, Jesse ………… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. WI .. Soldiers Grove, WI
Estes, Danny R. ……….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. IN .. Gary, IN
Estler, Sean F. ……….. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. NJ .. Kenall Park, NJ
Faulk, James E. ……….. USN …. HM3 …. 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Panama City, FL
Fluegel, Richard A. ……. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Erie, PA
Forrester, Steven M. …… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Foster, William B. Jr. …. USN …. HM3 …. 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Richmond, VA
Fulcher, Michael D. ……. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Madison Heights, VA
Fuller, Benjamin E. ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Duluth, GA
Fulton, Michael S. …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. TX .. Ft. Worth, TX
Gaines, William Jr. ……. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Port Charlotte, FL
Gallagher, Sean R. …….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. MA .. N. Andover, MA
Gander, David B. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. WI .. Milwaulkee, WI
Gangur, George M. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Cleveland, OH
Gann, Leland E. ……….. USMC … SSgt … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Garcia, Randall J. …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. CA .. Modesto, CA
Garcia, Ronald J. ……… USMC … SSgt … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Gay, David D. …………. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Harrisburg, IL
Ghumm, Harold D. ………. USMC … SSgt … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Gibbs, Warner Jr. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Portsmouth, VA
Giblin, Timothy R. …….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. RI .. N. Providence, RI
Gorchinski, Michael W. …. USN …. ETC …. 10/23/1983 .. IN .. Evansville, IN
Gordon, Richard J. …….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Somerville, MA
Gratton, Harold F. …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Conoes, NY
Greaser, Robert B. …….. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Lansdale, PA
Green, Davin M. ……….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Baltimore, MD
Hairston, Thomas A. ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Haltiwanger, Freddie Jr. .. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. SC .. Little Mountain, SC
Hamilton, Virgel D. ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. KY .. Dayton, OH
Hanton, Gilbert ……….. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. DC .. Washington, DC
Hart, William …………. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Haskell, Michael S. ……. USMC … Capt … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Hastings, Michael A. …… USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. DE .. Seaford, DE
Hein, Paul A. …………. USMC … Capt … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Held, Douglas E. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Richmond, VA
Helms, Mark A. ………… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NE .. Dwight, NE
Henderson, Ferrandy D. …. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Tampa, FL
Hernandez, Matilde Jr. …. USMC … GySgt .. 10/23/1983 .. TX .. Austin, TX
Hester, Stanley G. …….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Raleigh, NC
Hildreth, Donald W. ……. USMC … GySgt .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Sneads Ferry, NC
Holberton, Richard H. ….. USMC … SSgt … 10/23/1983 .. SC .. Beaufort, SC
Holland, Robert S. …….. USN …. HM3 …. 10/23/1983 .. KY .. Gilbertsville, KY
Hollingshead, Bruce A. …. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Fairborn, OH
Holmes, Melvin D. ……… USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Chicago, IL
Howard, Bruce L. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. ME .. Strong, ME
Hudson, John R. ……….. USN …. LT ….. 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Riverdale, GA
Hudson, Terry L. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. AL .. Prichard, AL
Hue, Lyndon J. ………… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. LA .. Des Allemands, LA
Hukill, Maurice E. …….. USMC … 2ndLt .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Iacovino, Edward S. Jr. … USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Warwick, RI
Ingalls, John J. ………. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Interlaken, NY
Innocenzi, Paul G. III …. USMC … WO-1 … 10/23/1983 .. NJ .. Trenton, NJ
Jackowski, James J. ……. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. S. Salem, NY
James, Jeffrey W. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Baltimore, MD
Jenkins, Nathaniel W. ….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Daytona Beach, FL
Johnson, Michael H. ……. USN …. HM2 …. 10/23/1983 .. MI .. Detroit, MI
Johnston, Edward A. ……. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Struthers, OH
Jones, Steven …………. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Brooklyn, NY
Julian, Thomas A. ……… USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Middleton, RI
Kees, Marion E. ……….. USN …. HM2 …. 10/23/1983 .. WV .. Martinsburg, WV
Keown, Thomas C. ………. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. KY .. Louisville, KY
Kimm, Edward E. ……….. USMC … GySgt .. 10/23/1983 .. IA .. Atlantic, IA
Kingsley, Walter V. ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. WI .. Wisconsin Dells, WI
Kluck, Daniel S. ………. USA …. Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. KY .. Owensboro, KY
Knipple, James C. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Alexandria, VA
Kreischer, Freas H. III … USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Indiatlantic, FL
Laise, Keith J. ……….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. PA .. East Stroudsburg, PA
Lamb, Thomas G. ……….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. MN .. Coon Rapids, MN
Langon, James J. IV ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NJ .. Lakehurst, NJ
Lariviere, Michael S. ….. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Perry, FL
Lariviere, Steven B. …… USMC … Sgy …. 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Chicopee, MA
Lemnah, Richard L. …….. USMC … MSgt … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Lewis, David A. ……….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Garfield Heights, OH
Lewis, Val S. …………. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Atlanta, GA
Livingston, Joseph R. ….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Champaign, IL
Lyon, Paul D. Jr. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Milton, FL
Macroglou, John W. …….. USMC … Maj …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Maitland, Samuel ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Martin, Charlie R. …….. USMC … SSgt … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Martin, Jack L. ……….. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Oveido, FL
Massa, David S. ……….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Warren, RI
Massman, Michael R. ……. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. MI .. Port Huron, MI
Mattacchione, Joseph J. … USMC … Pvt …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Sanford, NC
McCall, John ………….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Rochester, NY
McDonough, James E. ……. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Newcastle, PA
McMahon, Timothy R. ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. TX .. Austin, TX
McNeely, Timothy D. ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Mooresville, NC
McVicker, George N. II …. USN …. HM2 …. 10/23/1983 .. IN .. Wabash, IN
Melendez, Louis ……….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. PR .. Puerto Rico
Menkins, Richard H. II …. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Tully, NY
Mercer, Michael D. …….. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Vale, NC
Meurer, Ronald W. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Milano, Joseph P. ……… USN …. HM3 …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Farmingville, NY
Moore, Joseph P. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. MO .. St. Louis, MO
Morrow, Richard A. …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Clairton, PA
Muffler, John F. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Munoz, Alex …………… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NM .. Bloomfield, NM
Myers, Harry D. ……….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Whittler, NC
Nairn, David J. ……….. USMC … 1stLt .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Nava, Luis A. …………. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. CA .. Gardena, CA
Olson, John A. ………… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. MN .. Sabin, MN
Olson, Robert P. ………. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Lawtons, NY
Ortiz, Richard C. ……… USMC … CWO-3 .. 10/23/1983 .. OK .. Ft. Sill, OK
Owen, Jeffrey B. ………. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Virginia Beach, VA
Owens, Joseph A. ………. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Chesterfield, VA
Page, Connie Ray ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Erwin, NC
Parker, Ulysses ……….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Baltimore, MD
Payne, Mark W. ………… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Binghamton, NY
Pearson, John L. ………. USMC … GySgt .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Perron, Thomas S. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Whitinsville, MA
Phillips, John A. Jr. ….. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Wilmette, IL
Piercy, George W. ……… USN …. HMC …. 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Mt. Savage, MD
Plymel, Clyde W. ………. USMC … 1stLt .. 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Merritt, FL
Pollard, William H. ……. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Pomalestorres, Rafael I. .. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Prevatt, Victor M. …….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Columbus, GA
Price, James C. ……….. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. AL .. Attala, AL
Prindeville, Patrick K. … USMC … SSgt … 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Gainesville, FL
Pulliam, Eric A. ………. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. IL .. E. St. Louis, IL
Quirante, Diomedes J. ….. USN …. HM3 …. 10/23/1983 .. RP .. Calcoocan City, RP
Randolph, David M. …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. AZ .. Siloam Springs, AZ
Ray, Charles R. ……….. USMC … GySgt .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Relvas, Rui A. ………… USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Rich, Terrence L. ……… USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Brooklyn, NY
Richardson, Warren …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Brooklyn, NY
Rodriguez, Juan C. …….. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Miami, FL
Rotondo, Louis J. ……… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
San Pedro, Guillermo Jr. .. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Hialeah, FL
Sauls, Michael C. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. SC .. Waterboro, SC
Schnorf, Charles J. ……. USMC … 1stLt .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Schultz, Scott L. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Keeseville, NY
Scialabba, Peter J. ……. USMC … Capt … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Moorehead City, NC
Scott, Gary R. ………… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Rankin, IL
Shallo, Ronald L. ……… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Hudson, NY
Shipp, Thomas A. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Woonsocket, RI
Shropshire, Jerryl D. ….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Macon, GA
Silvia, James F. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Middletown, RI
Sliwinski, Stanley J. ….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Niles, OH
Smith, Kirk H. ………… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Miami, FL
Smith, Thomas G. ………. USMC … SSgt … 10/23/1983 .. CT .. Middletown, CT
Smith, Vincent L. ……… USMC … Capt … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Soares, Edward ………… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Tiverton, RI
Sommerhof, William S. ….. USMC … 1stLt .. 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Springfield, IL
Spaulding, Michael C. ….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Akron, OH
Spearing, John W. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Lancaster, PA
Spencer, Stephen E. ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Portsmouth, RI
Stelpflug, Bill J. …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. AL .. Auburn, AL
Stephens, Horace R. ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Capitol Heights, MD
Stockton, Craig S. …….. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Rochester, NY
Stokes, Jeffrey G. …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Waynesboro, GA
Stowe, Thomas D. ………. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Sturghill, Eric D. …….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Chicago, IL
Sundar, Devon L. ………. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. CT .. Stamford, CT
Surch, James F. Jr. ……. USN …. LT ….. 10/23/1983 .. CA .. Lompoc, CA
Thompson, Dennis A. ……. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Bronx, NY
Thorstad, Thomas P. ……. USMC … SSgt … 10/23/1983 .. IN .. Chesterton, IN
Tingley, Stephen D. ……. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. CT .. Ellington, CT
Tishmack, John J. ……… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. MN .. Minneapolis, MN
Trahan, Lex D. ………… USMC … Pvt …. 10/23/1983 .. LA .. Lafayette, LA
Vallone, Donald H. Jr. …. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. CA .. Palmdale, CA
Walker, Eric R. ……….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Chicago, IL
Walker, Leonard W. …….. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. AL .. Dothan, AL
Washington, Eric G. ……. USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Alexandria, VA
Weekes, Obrian ………… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Brooklyn, NY
Wells, Tandy W. ……….. USMC … 1stSgt . 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Wentworth, Steven B. …… USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Reading, PA
Wesley, Allen D. ………. USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
West, Lloyd D. ………… USMC … GySgt .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Weyl, John R. …………. USMC … SSgt … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Wherland, Burton D. Jr. … USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Wigglesworth, Dwayne W. … USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. CT .. Naugatuck, CT
Williams, Rodney J. ……. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Opa Locka, FL
Williams, Scipio Jr. …… USMC … GySgt .. 10/23/1983 .. SC .. Charleston, SC
Williamson, Johnny A. ….. USMC … LCpl … 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Asheboro, NC
Wint, Walter E. Jr. ……. USMC … Capt … 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Wilkes-Barre, PA
Winter, William E. …….. USMC … Capt … 10/23/1983 .. AL .. Athens, AL
Wolfe, John E. ………… USMC … Cpl …. 10/23/1983 .. AZ .. Phoenix, AZ
Woollett, Donald E. ……. USMC … 1stLt .. 10/23/1983 .. OK .. Bartlesville, OK
Worley, David E. ………. USN …. HM3 …. 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Baltimore, MD
Wyche, Craig L. ……….. USMC … PFC …. 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Jamaica, NY
Yarber, James G. ………. USA …. SFC …. 10/23/1983 .. CA .. Vacaville, CA
Young, Jeffrey D. ……… USMC … Sgt …. 10/23/1983 .. NJ .. Moorestown, NJ

PappyD61 on October 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 8:15 AM

This quote from a Marine is pretty sad. But he’s also right.

“The worst part for me is that nobody remembers [Beirut],”

The attack has never really been properly recognized outside of military circles.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Should have snuffed Hezbollah right then and there.

Bmore on October 23, 2013 at 8:39 AM

PappyD61 on October 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Nice job Pappy. ; )

Bmore on October 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM

To be fair, CBS with Sharyl Attkisson has been the best of the non-Fox alphabet notworks on reporting on both Benghazi and Fast & Furious.

The media was certainly liberal in 1983, and was ready to get into full investigatory mode over Beiruit. But the U.S. invasion of Grenada less than 24 hours later sent the left into outrageous outrage over the idea that that U.S. would overthrow a budding Communist nation being protected by Cuban troops, and the bombing of the barracks and the 300-plus Marine deaths actually became an afterthought in Washington and within the big media.

jon1979 on October 23, 2013 at 8:38 AM


She has been an actual journalist on this, I agree 150%. :-)

PappyD61 on October 23, 2013 at 8:41 AM

The lesson missed is that Daisy Cutters were sitting unused in ammo bunkers and would have been an appropriate response against those savages.

Bishop on October 23, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Bishop on October 23, 2013 at 8:42 AM

At the very least.

Bmore on October 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Frankly, we would do better with this type of reporting than what we get today.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Amen to that.

scalleywag on October 23, 2013 at 8:55 AM

I bet you today’s college students aren’t even aware of this event.

NotCoach on October 23, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Pappy,
Thank you for posting the names of the dead. May they rest in peace.

inklake on October 23, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I was in the US Air Force when this happened. I was called up to prepare my equipment for mobiliztion in the real world a few days later, I was positive I was headed to Beriut. We invaded Grenada instead. I never have understood that one. Not Grenada, but why we basically did nothing about this act of terrorism. Thank you for posting the list of names of the fallen. /Salute to those brave men.

Mini-14 on October 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

That will complicate Barack Obama’s attempt to reopen diplomatic relations with Tehran, but the act of war should not be forgotten.

Not really. The administration wants a deal to prove that the lazy stupid coward is an awesome diplomat or something. The families of the victims and this judgement will be ignored or, worse, waived by Obama

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Hmm. Killing the most Americans since Pearl Harbor,certainly didn’t “complicate” Reagan’s decision to then sell arms to the Iranians.. even after Hezbollah kidnapped and killed the CIA station chief in Lebanon, William Buckley, President Reagan was likewise, “uncomplicated”.

inklake on October 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

I bet you today’s college students aren’t even aware of this event.

NotCoach on October 23, 2013 at 9:12 AM

But they can tell you all about the Kardashians, have an opinion on Cee Lo Green’s legal problems, and can’t even tell you who the President was in 1983 let alone the Beruit bombing.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I was positive I was headed to Beriut. We invaded Grenada instead.

Mini-14 on October 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Bad directions? ;0

Seriously, even at the time, the bombing was sort of quietly ignored. I think it was all political. First, because the peacekeeping mission was contentious. Secondly, because the lack of force protection was an embarrassment to some very senior Marines. In any case the victims got short shrift compared to other such incidents.

Happy Nomad on October 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM

>I bet you today’s college students aren’t even aware of this event.

NotCoach on October 23, 2013 at 9:12 AM

How many do you think know about Pearl Harbor, apart from maybe hearing about it. Give enough time, and 9/11 will be the same way.

So it goes.

inklake on October 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

allanbourdius on October 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Very good Allan. We as a country owe people who served and lost their lives for us a lot.

simkeith on October 23, 2013 at 9:44 AM

The Iranian terrorist regime, the Syrian terrorist regime, and Hizballah terrorist group, were the main creator of modern day terrorsim and still continue to be main terror leaders in addition to Al Qaeda terrorists and their affiliates… The world wide islamic terrorism cannot be fully defeated if the Iranian terrorist regime and its allies are not totally defeated and exterminated….

mnjg on October 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Wonderful speech /story given by Reagan On the bombing.

http://youtu.be/yFA5f0n-Nak

PappyD61 on October 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I remember not long after this bombing, being on station just off the coast of Lebanon onboard a US aircraft carrier. The endless circling, the lack of news and info other than the bombing itself, and the A-6′s taking off with full payloads coming back empty.

Oxymoron on October 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Rest in peace, shipmates.

NavyMustang on October 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

And today, Barack’s entire middle eastern policies have bombed.

tpitman on October 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Thanks for the post and for remembering Ed. For those of us that were there not an anniversary goes by that we don’t remember lost friends. Don Wollett, another Okie, was a good friend and I spent the Thurs before the Sun morning bombing with him in his hooch/office space on 1st floor of the BLT HQ. The next time I saw that space it was nothing more than a hole in the ground with rubble spread around. He was a fine man, husband and father.

I will say that both the MAU and BLT commanders wanted and requested to increase the fortification and force protection in the area and to modify the ROE that kept Marines from keeping a round in the chamber. But, they were denied. Even back then the PC mindset was in force and it was seemingly more important that we give an impression of a peace-keeping organization and minmize force protection. This despite the reality of the situation on the ground where dodging RPGs (high angle long-range shots) and sniper fire was a regular occurence and all-out firefights were not uncommon.

Subsequent to the bombing we made that place look like the Maginot line with bunkers composed of CONEX boxes and shipping containers dug in the ground and dirt berms everywhere.

Investigations started right after the bombing. There was a group that actually came on site and held their meetings on the LPD right off the coast.

SoonerMarine on October 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I have a close friend who survived the bombing. To this day he wears two watches, one is an ordinary everyday watch (right wrist), the other was the one he was wearing that day (left wrist), and it still shows the time the bomb went off 6:22, because it stopped working at that very moment as a result of the blast wave.

Get a few (7, 8, 12…) stiff ones into him and the stories he tells of that fateful morning and the hours afterwards will bring tears to the strongest of us all.

RIP Marines – We Will Never Forget

D-fusit on October 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Except for possible political blame (and you get that whenever troops are committed)for being in harm’s way in the the first place, this was a local, tactical blunder by commanders who did not properly secure their perimeter. Lesson learned the hard way.

MaiDee on October 23, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Terrible thing was that those Marines had been engaged in constant combat but because of the B.S. rules of engagement they had to follow the result was this mess, the Marines weren’t allowed to have loaded weapons at the checkpoint. We still haven’t learned that lesson about ROE and the enemy. R.I.P. my brother Marines and especially to my great friend and mentor 1st Sgt Scipio Williams…

major dad on October 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

The top Iranian general, appointed by this new guard, is the guy who did conceive and execute this…obama’s new friends…

Schadenfreude on October 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM