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Beirut Veterans of America copyright 2005

The First Duty is to Remember

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Message Number: 839 - Wednesday, October 5, 2016 19:48:15 PDT
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Name:  William Bechtold GYSGT USMC RET.
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Pennsville New Jersey
YOUR UNIT:  BLT 3/8 24 MAU Combat Engr Platoon.
DATES IN BEIRUT:  March-August 1984

I Had the honor of being the platoon sergeant of the Last combat engineer platoon at the Embassy in Beirut sent in to set up RPG screen around the Embassy bldg and build sandbag bunkers on the seawall to cover choppers flying back and forth from the ships. I retired from the USMC in 1996 so i have been in A lot of units since then. But I look back at the roster i have kept all these years and wonder where these special guys are today and what they are doing? If its true good things happen to good people, I know they will be OK.

Message Number: 838 - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 14:49:35 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Kevin perry
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Orneville
YOUR UNIT:  B company 1st bn 8th marines
DATES IN BEIRUT:  May to November 83

anybody from b company give me a call 207_943_5678.

Message Number: 837 - Wednesday, August 10, 2016 07:10:55 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Jon Warmeling
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Painesville, Ohio
YOUR UNIT:  Combat Engineers

USMC Capt Tim Brooks - would you kindly post another message but mark it private. Provide an email or phone number - Dave Lawson is trying to get in contact with you. I will ONLY provide him with the info.

By marking the message "private" it will not be seen. Once I get the info, I will forward to him and delete your message. Thanks, and SF - Jon W, BVA

Message Number: 836 - Wednesday, July 27, 2016 03:56:52 PDT
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Name:  Clery l Buford,Sr.
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Laurens,S.C.
YOUR UNIT:  Charlie Co.1/8

I love all of You! Semper Fi.

Message Number: 835 - Wednesday, July 13, 2016 15:30:33 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Dennis W. Smith, 1SG, US Army Retired
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Farmington, MO
DATES IN BEIRUT:  Jan '92 - Jan '93

My first contact with Beirut was in May '88 when I was assigned to the Defense Attache Office in our embassy in Nicoisa,Cyprus. I visited Beirut, via the Air Bridge, in 1989 to visit with counterparts at the Embassy. I was responsible for the securty of the air bridge from the Cyprus side. I conducted the majority of the coordination with the evacuation of the embassy in Sep '89.

I was assigned to the DAO in Beirut in Jan '92 to Jan '93, they had just reopened the DAO shortly before I arrived. We still move in and out via the Air Bridge.

Good people and friends.

Message Number: 834 - Private Message

Message Number: 833 - Monday, June 27, 2016 08:18:14 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Donald Hurst
YOUR UNIT:  Uss Vreeland B Div
DATES IN BEIRUT:  1982-1983

I was there and when we escorted the PLO out (twice).

Refueling from the barge in the middle of the night!

Watching the PLO run around the car carrier we pumped potable water to them.

I was proud to be part of B div.

My respect to the fallen.


Message Number: 832 - Tuesday, June 21, 2016 12:47:20 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Ken Ballard
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Henderson, Ky
DATES IN BEIRUT:  May-November 1983

I helped with the recovery efforts of the fallen. I'll never forget their sacrifice.

Message Number: 831 - Sunday, May 29, 2016 15:36:49 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  dwayne e dubey
YOUR CITY & STATE:  las vegas nv
YOUR UNIT:  1983 ?

i forgot my dates there will have to check dd214 and srb

Message Number: 830 - Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:42:06 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  James Wesley Fleming CDR USNR
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Jacksonville, FL
YOUR UNIT:  MAU Service Support Group 22
DATES IN BEIRUT:  11/17/1983 to 3/15/1984

I was the MSSG 22 Surgeon tasked with establishing and overseeing the Field Hospital at BIA. We were located in an abandoned airport fire station located near the ruins of the bombed Marine Barracks. After leaving NC, our unit, a part of the 22d MAU, Landing Force SIXTH Fleet 1-84, was diverted to Grenada to spearhead Operation Urgent Fury. In transit to the CarIbbean, we learned of the horrific terrorist attack in Beirut, and the lamentable death of our comrades, many from our home base at Camp LeJeune, NC. After particpating in the Grenada intervention, we headed for Lebanon to assume our duties as part of the MNF in Beirut, Lebanon.

During my time in Grenada and Beirut I had the honor of helping to care for many Navy, Marine, and Army servicemen. None of these efforts could have been performed without the invaluable assistance of Navy Corpsmen and our Marine protectors.

As another Memorial Day approaches, I feel honored and privileged to have served with ALL of these dedicated, loyal, unselfish, and patriotic professionals.

And of course, NEVER a day passes that I don't remember and grieve for all of those US Servicemen lost in Grenada and Beirut.