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10/23/1983 - Beirut Incident Remembered  
User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1355 times:

No one has mentioned it, so..

I'd like to offer my prayers and remembrances of the 241 US Marines, Navy sailors and Army soldiers who perished 25 years ago in Beirut.

Along with one nice innocent Lebanese man who ran the tiny little store in the BLT 1/8 HQ.

58 French paratroopers died in a near simultaneous car bomb attack on their compound, and Lebanese woman and four children were also killed.

We were there on a mission of peace, helping anyone no matter what their religious affiliation, and we were viciously and cowardly attacked.

Only a wrenched knee kept me about 200 feet away from the blast that morning, or there would be one more casualty.

I'd also like to thank our British and Italian members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon for their assistance in the recovery of injured and deceased at the BLT 1/8 site.

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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1351 times:



Quoting RFields5421 (Thread starter):

Well said. A resident of my hometown was killed in the blast, was actually a friend of my aunt and mother as teenagers.

May all those rest in peace.



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineArmy15P From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

It really is so sad that I have not heard a single mention of this event by any of the major media outlets. I have to confess that I probably would have forgotten myself if not for this post.

One of the most poignant moments of my life was the day that I was tasked with leading a funeral detail for a deceased soldier. It was one of the first missions that I had been tasked with as a Warrant Officer, so naturally I was incrediblely nervous and was doing my best to make sure that everything on our end was handled as flawlessly as possible. Checking and rechecking my uniform as well as the other members of my team to make sure we looked our best and put on a good face for Fort Rucker, and for the Army, and left the family with a last good memory of the Army that their loved one had served. As the team lead it would be my responsibility to present the flag to the next of kin. In accordance with this I had to memorize the short paragraph that has been stated with every flag handed over since the tradition began. Because of all the other details I had to keep straight, I simply memorized the words, committing them to route memorization, barely able to explain what they meant, but for sure able to recite them without so much as a stumble. Luckily as I was saying them to the NOK, and through the emotion of the moment, those words became pretty clear to me. The meaning behind them and how appropriate that they are said to a family member that has lost a loved one in service of this nation. I spent quite a few hours after reflecting on the new meaning those words had been granted me through this experience. Coupled with a new perspective garnered from some "fun" training the Army had seen to befit to allow me to attend in accordance with my future career as an aviator, I feel that I finally understand them and the true sacrifice both the Soldiers of our military, as well as their loved ones, make everyday for all of us.

"On behalf of the President of the United States and the people of a grateful nation, may I present this flag as a token of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service your loved one rendered this nation."

SEMPER FI

[Edited 2008-10-27 20:58:52]

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