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Beirut Veterans of America copyright 2005

The First Duty is to Remember

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Message Number: 742 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 18:26:12 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Bob Wrenn
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Greensboro, NC


I am not able to physically join you in Jacksonville this year, but be assured that I am there in spirit. As we remember our lost brothers-in-arms tonight and tomorrow, let us not forget our 58 French comrades who gave there lives a short distance away.

Semper Fi Brothers.

Bob Wrenn
Greensboro, NC

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Message Number: 740 - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 16:59:37 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  loris linton
YOUR CITY & STATE:  popular bluff mo
YOUR UNIT:  India batty 3/10 2nd mar div
DATES IN BEIRUT:  frist half 1983

juat found this site its great to see we were not forgotton ty so much

Message Number: 739 - Monday, October 13, 2014 15:47:46 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Michael Stalnaker HT2
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Charleston, WV
DATES IN BEIRUT:  Feb 1983-Dec 1983

God bless the Corp!

Message Number: 738 - Sunday, October 12, 2014 14:07:04 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Cynthia Kao-Johnson
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Watertown, New York

Dear Distinguished Veterans and Family Members,

Thank you for your continued service. I am an active duty Army spouse (10th Mountain Division) and documentarian, currently producing a film on Veterans and their resilience with Post Traumatic Stress. I would like to include stories from all branches of veterans including their families from all war eras. Feel free to contact me as I will be in attendance at the 23 October memorial ceremony.

With utmost regards and respect,

Cynthia Kao-Johnson

(303) 917-2054

Message Number: 737 - Friday, October 10, 2014 16:11:19 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Jamie Giroux
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Saranac New York
YOUR UNIT:  Uss Virginia CGN-38

I stumbled accross this website and was happy and sad to recall the time served. Thank you for recognizing and remembering.

Message Number: 736 - Private Message

Message Number: 735 - Monday, October 6, 2014 04:51:17 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Joseph E.Radzinski


I was in the United States Marine Corps from 1980 to 1984. I was never in Beirut. A friend of mine was and he died there. L/Cpl.James Jackowski.

In New York where I am from they have the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.I looked up my friends name on their database. No listing.

I was going to inquire further to see if any other marines had been left out and then I thought better of it. I figured I would be so pissed off at what I might find I might smash the computer,

Evidently to get in this database you have to send them a copy of your DD-214. Thats kind of hard to do when you are deceased. Then I started thinking about this. I wondered how many names from the Vietnam Memorial were in the database.Or the Beirut memorial.

Its bad enough they gave my friend a Navy Unit Commendation.It should of been a Presidential Unit Commendation. If they can give units that served state side in hurricane relief operations the award they should give it to BLT 1/8.

I don't even want to mention the Cold War Medal.Here's a certificate.Go to ebay and buy the medal. Am I crazy ? I don't think so. If you can die in the service of this country EVERY attempt at honoring your sacrifice should be made.

How we honor our fallen comrades defnes us. Their is a saying :

The lives of the dead are placed in the memory of the living

I contacted a polatician in New York (Robert Astorino) about this.He's running for govenor Im going to contact Hillary Clinton.Shes running for president. I intend to contact the Sergeant Major of the United States Marine Corps..I feel the least they could do is enter the names in the database. Im pretty sure the United States Marine Corps has a casualty list of the KIA/WIA from lebenon.If your name is on a national monument it should be in the database.

I can't bring my friend back. I can however see that he is honored along with the other marines who died in Beirut.

Joseph Radzinski 914-588-3816

Message Number: 734 - Sunday, October 5, 2014 20:39:20 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Timothy Moore
DATES IN BEIRUT:  Summer-Nov 1983

On that Sunday morning My ship was sailing south abt a mile off coast of Beirut, Lebanon. I was the JL Talker/Status Board on Port side of the bridge with Binoculars scaning the shore for anything that could affect the Ship, when at approx 0800 Boom , and explosion and a huge plum of smoke.

I immediately notified the OOD and He scanned the shoreline and He immediately ordered the Qm to go wake up Captain Joseph F. King and from there the Capt. Started receiving and sending Traffic and Blood draws, Several Sailors in Flak Jackets with M-16's went ashore to help with Security and other tasks.

Message Number: 733 - Saturday, October 4, 2014 00:03:35 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  John William Hipp
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Massapequa Park,NY 11762
YOUR UNIT:  ,,Naval Security Group, Cmdr 6thFleet
DATES IN BEIRUT:  July to Nov 1958I wa

I was a Navy Communication Technician (presently known as Cryptologist Technician) aboard USSDesMoines CA-134 which was serving as flagship for Cmdr. 6th Fleet.