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30th Anniversary of Beirut Bombing: Survivor Shares his Story
Marines.mil ^ | 22 Oct 2013 | By Lance Cpl. Lisette Leyva as told by Brian Kirkpatrick

Posted on 10/23/2013 5:27:36 AM PDT by LSUfan

Oct. 23, 2013, marks the 30th anniversary of the Beirut Bombing. 241 American and 58 French service members were killed when two trucks filled with explosives crashed into the two barracks buildings. One of the 300 service members who lived in the building shares the story of the attack, his survival and how he lives with the memories.

(Excerpt) Read more at marines.dodlive.mil ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: beirut; hezbollah; iran; usmc
We've never paid Hezbollah back for this attack. We should never forget. Some say that this was a long time ago and we should no longer consider Hezbollah an enemy. The cowards who say that conveniently forget about all the hostages Hezbollah took in Beirut, some of whom they brutally murdered. They also forget that Hezbollah trained Al Qaeda in demolitions in Sudan in the 1990s. Finally, they also ignore the fact that Hezbollah operatives surfaced in Iraq to kill US GIs...and Obama let them go after we had one of their leaders in custody.
1 posted on 10/23/2013 5:27:36 AM PDT by LSUfan
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To: LSUfan

btt


2 posted on 10/23/2013 5:51:30 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Rock, paper, scissors, GUN. I win.)
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To: LSUfan
Some of us will never forget...

RIP Lance Corporal Stowe.

3 posted on 10/23/2013 6:09:11 AM PDT by BoringGuy
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To: BoringGuy

Thomas David Stowe had been promoted to Corporal before he was killed on 23 October. He was an 0352 Dragon gunner and spent most of his deployment attached to a rifle platoon (1/C/1/8) until a piece of shrapnel found his neck. If Stowe, Buckmaster, Boulos and McNeely hadn’t been chopped back to that damned headquarters building, they’d be 30 years older and gray today like the rest of us. RIP.


4 posted on 10/23/2013 6:57:32 AM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: LSUfan

My first trip home from the Air Force was for the funeral of Danny Estes, killed in Beruit.


5 posted on 10/23/2013 7:00:10 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: LSUfan

RIP
Major John Macroglou
Capt. Bill Winter

Semper Fi.

(LSUFan, I posted something similiar a few years back. Got a private reply from Major Mac’s widow. She was thankful the Major was remembered, along with all the other Marines, sailors and soldiers murdered that day. I will never forget or forgive.) JAB USMC 1970-1981


6 posted on 10/23/2013 7:09:59 AM PDT by Tahoe3002
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To: LSUfan

Thanks for the article. We’ll never forget. Unfortunately the Marines have never been able to get payback on the shiite Islamo Fascists...


7 posted on 10/23/2013 7:41:21 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: LSUfan

May those good men rest in peace. Eric Hammel’s book, The Root, is an excellent read. It gives insights into some of these men, the mission, the region, and implications for the future. After reading it, I was better informed but hoped that WE had learned from it. I was also confused and angry, saddened and feeling we should celebrate these men! May they never be forgotten.


8 posted on 10/23/2013 8:22:36 AM PDT by philled (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: LSUfan

And we invaded Grenada, on OCT. 25th.


9 posted on 10/23/2013 8:38:55 AM PDT by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: freepersup
Why didn't we bomb Beirut?
10 posted on 10/23/2013 8:40:15 AM PDT by angcat
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To: LSUfan
Same thread: Link here.
11 posted on 10/23/2013 8:49:22 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: angcat

KT McFarland in a rare show of candor spilled the beans on WMAL radio one day. She was there in the situation room as an adviser to Reagan during the Beirut Barracks fiasco. In a nutshell Reagan was advised to not do anything and pull out. He actually wanted to pull the trigger but he went with the cowardly consensus. She is actually proud of that decision. Quislings all.


12 posted on 10/23/2013 8:50:33 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: angcat
The USA should have wiped Tehran off the map. We now have the giant Muslim cancer / shit sandwich that plagues the world 24/7. Epic Reagan fail.

I was in a WW II barracks at Ft Bragg, NC., situated near the end of Pope AFB, when C5 Galaxy cargo planes began to land and take off, throughout the night and into the next day. “Cattle cars” with their distinctive jake brakes added to the cacophony. My teammates and I fist pumped, high fived each other and whooped and hollered as we surmised that Uncle Sam was opening up a can of whoop ass on the ragheads in Beirut. To a man, when word reached us that Grenada was the objective, we were left stunned and speechless.

What a colossal missed opportunity to bring justice to Tehran. Remember a little old episode where our embassy was overrun and the staff and security personnel were taken hostage? When some posters around here get on their soap boxes and go into a worship Reagan mode, I am reminded of the black eye that Hezbollah gave Uncle Sam. Needless to say, I don't get the same goose bumps as many of them do.

13 posted on 10/23/2013 9:05:26 AM PDT by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: freepersup
Awful............ I will never forget even though I was young. I also wonder why there was no retaliation for the murder of Robert Stethem.
14 posted on 10/23/2013 9:25:16 AM PDT by angcat
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There were hijackings, bombings, kidnappings, tortures, murders, etc. We didn’t do jack!!! So... we got 9-11, and EVERYTHING that’s followed, which is a direct result of an emasculated nation doing too little too late. Cause... and effect.


15 posted on 10/23/2013 9:40:23 AM PDT by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: freepersup; central_va
When some posters around here get on their soap boxes and go into a worship Reagan mode, I am reminded of the black eye that Hezbollah gave Uncle Sam. Needless to say, I don't get the same goose bumps as many of them do.

The Grenada invasion was already started when the bomb went off, Reagan had his hands full, his eye was on the big picture that was seen as impossible to accomplish at the time, (destroying the Soviet Empire) and he made the right decision to not become mired in the Middle East.

Being less than Reagan I wanted revenge, but he was right and was fighting a global war for mankind and the future, a lessor man would have reacted emotionally.

16 posted on 10/23/2013 11:00:32 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: angcat
Why didn't we bomb Beirut?


17 posted on 10/23/2013 11:22:52 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: ansel12

Reagan made a mistake in Lebanon and knew it.


18 posted on 10/23/2013 12:12:45 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Reagan brought down the Soviet Union and invading Grenada was part of that, and the invasion that was already taking place when the bomb went off, Reagan was right.


19 posted on 10/23/2013 12:24:31 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: ansel12

I guess we will disagree. If Reagan had unleashed hell we wouldn’t have the muzzie problem we have now.


20 posted on 10/23/2013 12:31:56 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Do you realize that the invasion of Grenada was already started?

Do you realize that the Soviet Union is gone, global nuclear annihilation gone, Europe freed, and that the Middle East would still be a mess?

Quit fantasizing about whatever you are imagining and look at the impossible dream that actually came true.


21 posted on 10/23/2013 12:46:51 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: ansel12
Do you realize that the invasion of Grenada was already started? Do you realize that the Soviet Union is gone, global nuclear annihilation gone, Europe freed, and that the Middle East would still be a mess? Quit fantasizing about whatever you are imagining and look at the impossible dream that actually came true.

Those things have nothing to do with what happened in Lebanon in '83. The CIA was still a functioning organization back then. There was detail intel on who did this horrible thing. We knew everything, where they were and who they were. The intel said they were expecting huge reprisals from the Expeditionary force. Targets were plotted and attack plans were ready to go. You do not know the whole story.

22 posted on 10/23/2013 12:54:52 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
If Reagan had unleashed hell we wouldn’t have the muzzie problem we have now.

I doubt that the "whole story" was that Reagan could not only invade Grenada and bring down the Soviet Union globally, but simultaneously cure Islam and end the problems in the Middle East once and for all.

23 posted on 10/23/2013 1:06:42 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: ansel12

We had plenty of firepower to do the job right there ready to go. There was nothing to do but say go.


24 posted on 10/23/2013 1:09:18 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: LSUfan

wow... can’t believe it’s been 30 years. My best friend in college was killed in that one. RIP Capt. Joe Boccia.


25 posted on 10/23/2013 1:10:46 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: central_va

Plenty of firepower to accomplish what, fix your emotions?

I felt those emotions at the time also, I was even in the military at that time, but I could see that Reagan was looking at a much larger picture.


26 posted on 10/23/2013 1:30:43 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: ansel12
Plenty of firepower to accomplish what, fix your emotions?

You condescending POS - you're being and idiot and unworthy of further discussions.

27 posted on 10/23/2013 1:32:36 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Wow.


28 posted on 10/23/2013 1:49:02 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: central_va
The warbirds were in the air and screaming toward Damascus when they were recalled, largely because there was no immediate conclusive proof who was behind the attack.

Reagan's initial response was to go. He was talked out of it.

They dumped their munitions in the Mediterranean.

29 posted on 10/23/2013 10:32:42 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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