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The First Duty is to Remember

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Message Number: 744 - Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:19:50 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Chris Deasy
YOUR CITY & STATE:  West Homestead

Thinking about all my fellow Marines killed this day 31 years ago. Will drink some beer later and remember some of their faces.

Message Number: 743 - Thursday, October 23, 2014 09:41:54 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Clay P
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Huntsville, AL
YOUR UNIT:  H Btry 3/10
DATES IN BEIRUT:  82, 83 and 84

I will never forget. The first duty is to remember.

Semper Fi

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

Message Number: 741 - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 03:37:09 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Arnie Chapman
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Oceanside NY 11572
YOUR UNIT:  Did not serve in Beirut
DATES IN BEIRUT:  see above

The “Gentle Marine”

The term “Gentle Marine” may sound like a contradiction in terms, but for many people who knew DFHS Graduate LCpl William "Bill" Burley, USMC it is the perfect descriptor. On October 23, 1983, Bill was among the 221 United States Marines who died during the infamous Beirut-Lebanon, Terrorist Barracks Bombing. Bill was a membr of the Dobbs Ferry HS Track Team and had also lived at the Andrus Children's Home in Yonkers New York where he earned a reputation for being one of the nicest guys on the planet (No exageration). Bill was originally from Linden NJ. The members of the Andrus Children’s Home Alumni Organization only recently found out about Bill’s sacrifice (Via a Google search) and we are all devastated over Bill's tragic yet heroic death. In a frantic effort to find out about the circumstances of Bill’s death many of us did internet searches only to discover that there were no individual or family tributes from family or friends recognizing Bill’s sacrifice. In fact there were no pictures of Bill to be found only his name, rank and hometown. Fortunately, a member of the Andrus Alumni Organization found a picture he had stored away 30 years ago of Bill in his Marine Corp Dress Uniform shortly after Bill joined the Marine Corp in 1982. Bill’s picture can now be seen on several sites (See attached pics of Bill: USMC, HS yearbook and picture sent to me by his SGT in Lebanon). The Andrus Alumni Organization is now actively attempting to organize a memorial on Bill’s behalf with his High School and with the Andrus Children’s Home. Below is a Face Book post that I received from Bill's Squad Leader (One of the few survivors) in memberance of Bill:

"I was Burley's squad leader in weapons co 81mm mortars platoon (We all called each other by last name). We all had a soft spot for him because he was a gentle good natured Marine and that is a rare thing. he took our best ribbing about his thin frame or his white complection (sunglass white we called it) and smiled through it all . He was a new guy and all new guys got that...anyway we respected him for how he handled it and we ALL had his back from then on. He was simply put a very nice guy. He was also a very professional Marine and took his job seriously. Slight frame and all there was nothing we did thathe wasn't giving 100% ...and mortarmen have to hump heavy gear. We lost many from our platoon and felt each ones loss deeply. Bill was not with us long before we left for Lebanon but he was indeed our brother and will always be missed and remembered as one. RIP Burley.

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.

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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