1983. A time when America was “Peace Keeping” and weren’t in it to “win” the war. No one wants to fight a war more than a warrior because he has to do the fighting.  Marines are good at fighting and will win when we are allowed to actually fight. This Sunday is the 28th anniversary of the Beirut Bombing and many will not remember that many gave all on that October day. How tough would it be to have your American flag out on Sunday and because so many Americans have forgotten why we continuously have our flags displayed when they ask “is it a holiday” you can educate them on the significance of the day. Just a thought.

“The Beirut Barracks Bombing (October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon) occurred during the Lebanese Civil War, when two truck bombs struck separate buildings housing United States and French military forces—members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon—killing 299 American and French servicemen. The organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Suicide bombers detonated each of the truck bombs. In the attack on the American Marines barracks, the death toll was 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 Navy personnel and three Army soldiers, along with sixty Americans injured, representing the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II, the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States military since the first day of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War, and the deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since World War II]In addition, the elderly Lebanese custodian of the Marines' building was killed in the first blast. The explosives used were equivalent to 5,400 kg (12,000 pounds) of TNT.

In the attack on the French barracks, the eight-story 'Drakkar' building, two minutes after the Marine attack, 58 paratroopers from the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment were killed and 15 injured, in the single worst military loss for France since the end of the Algerian War. The wife and four children of a Lebanese janitor at the French building were also killed.

The blasts led to the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Lebanon, where they had been stationed since the withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization following the Israeli 1982 invasion of Lebanon.”

Time for a CGar for heroes forgotten


  1. These heroes are not forgotten.
    I was part if the MC Detachment at the Army Air Defense School at the time, we found out about the attack as we were falling in for PT that morning. That was a fired up run. I don’t think the soldiers really appreciated our volume as we ran between their barracks that morning.
    Being in Lebanon was politically important but the ROE created a situation where we were essentially tourists. Patrolling the neighborhoods without loaded weapons? Standing post without loaded weapons? And we really didn’t learn from that lesson until we made up our political minds that Marines were meant to be dangerous. I remember standing post outside the armory in ’84 with a shotgun (unloaded) and a box of shells that was wrapped with duct tape. That may have prevented accidents but makes it very tough to fulfill the general orders of a sentry.
    The 80’s were such a fun time. I lost a couple of bootcamp buddies in Beirut but, I lost over 200 extended family members that day.
    Semper Fi

  2. Thanks for posting, Major. These were my guys, I had been in 1/8 and was to short to make the float. I will never forget Ron Shallo, from Hudson NY, whom I had gone through boot camp, comm school, my entire time in the Corps with, begging me to extend with him and go to Lebanon. “Come on Mike, we’ll go over there, do our time, and come home with some new ribbons and some stories to tell our grand-kids” He didn’t survive the attack. Along with Mike Fulton, Dennis Cook, John Phillips, hell, just about all of Comm Platoon. Not a day has passed that I don’t think about those guys, though the years have a way of making the memories a little foggier. Ron Shallo didn’t make it to tell his grand-kids the stories, but now that I have three of my own, they will hear them. We must never forget those cut down in the prime of their lives, most of them while they slept. And I never forgave President Reagan for not turning that place into a parking lot. Semper Fi.

  3. I was ten days out of Parris Island when this occurred. The littlest State Rhode Island incurred the brunt of loss that morning! And I can tell you there are Marines and family that have taken on the call of ” Our First Duty, Is To Never Forget “and after attending the 28th observance With a buddy who is a Beirut Survivor it has done him and a couple of ladies who are related to Marines that were murdered that morning a world of good to close in and remember these Hero’s and to remember how young and full of life they were! We take care of our family Marines and our inclusive families who have had to bare the weight of a lost Loved one! SEMPER FIDELIS is a way of Life for us and not just some moto catch phrase! To an outsider it can never be fully explained. We are Marines we are forever evolving and unfortunately it took this loss to Never ever let that repeat itself R.I.P. Jimmy Silvia Steve Spencer Thomas Julian I will never forget! Semper Fidelis till I die!

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