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The First Duty is to Remember

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Message Number: 842 - Wednesday, November 23, 2016 18:56:40 PDT
[IP = 24.233.101.161] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  William Peabody
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Rochester NH
YOUR UNIT:  Golf 3/10 attach to 3/8
DATES IN BEIRUT:  1984
Comments:

Looking for snake, spellman, burgess martin, stirgal, fenton anyone motor t that would have flown in with us into Beirut. Semper Fi Sgt Peabody. I stayed in until my knee went to hell. Now it's my lungs / liver issue drinking water at Camp Lejuene. Asbestos brake jobs. Wondering if any of you have had same issue?


Message Number: 841 - Sunday, October 30, 2016 09:10:40 PDT
[IP = 73.53.214.215] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Kenneth M. Bowen
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Lake City, Florida
YOUR UNIT:  UCT-1
DATES IN BEIRUT:  June 14, 1985 to June 30, 1985
Comments:

On June 14, 1985 I was returning to the United States onboard TWA-847 when it was taken over by members of Hezbolla. During the take over all American service members were singled out. We became the focus to get the point across to have there demands met. During the ordeal SW2 Robert Stethem was savagely beaten and killed. Myself and other team mates were separated from the rest of the passengers and taken as prisoners by the Amal Militia. We were confined in the gut of Beruit for our remaining time. Each day was a struggle to wonder if we would live or die. Our captors needed us as bargaining chips but we full well knew that they would take pleasure in killing us. They expressed that sytament routinely. After 17 days of confinement we were eventually brought to a place where the remaining passengers were grouped and we were turned over to the International Red Cross and then taken to Damascus Syria where a USAF C-141 was waiting to take us to Wiesbaden Germany for medical treatment and debriefing with FBI, CIA, and other government official. We were repatriated on July2,1985. Independence Day brought about a whole new meaning. I keep in touch with my teammates and have visited Arlington several times to visit Bobby Stethem. Right behind his grave is a marble monument commemorating the bombing of the Marine barracks. There is also a Cedar of Lebanon planter ther as well. I will never forget that our war on terror started way back then over 30 years ago in a little known county of Lebanon. God rest your souls my brothers and sisters who have paid so much.


Message Number: 840 - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:28:36 PDT
[IP = 67.243.5.59] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Dave Moriarty
YOUR CITY & STATE:  NY
YOUR UNIT:  Fox 2/6 22d MAU
DATES IN BEIRUT:  2/83-5/83
Comments:

Hit the beach on Valentine's Day 83. Started out at University position - eventually moved to airport perimeter. Part of reac force establishing security immediately after Embassy bombing. Served with some of the best Runge, Flathmann, Sherman , Chester,& who could forget Fortin(da kid from Wooster) & our L-T Claude Hubbard. We came in peace....but we wuz robbed. Pray for the fallen & NEVER FORGET.


Message Number: 839 - Wednesday, October 5, 2016 19:48:15 PDT
[IP = 69.141.20.138] -
Posted From:United States
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
FAMILY MEMBERS UNIT:  N/A
Comments:

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
[IP = 71.169.160.222] -
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
Comments:

anybody from b company give me a call 207_943_5678.


Message Number: 837 - Wednesday, August 10, 2016 07:10:55 PDT
[IP = 198.30.186.2] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Jon Warmeling
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Painesville, Ohio
YOUR UNIT:  Combat Engineers
DATES IN BEIRUT:  1984
Comments:

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
[IP = 104.129.204.66] -
Posted From:
Name:  Clery l Buford,Sr.
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Laurens,S.C.
YOUR UNIT:  Charlie Co.1/8
DATES IN BEIRUT:  83May-83Nov
Comments:

I love all of You! Semper Fi.


Message Number: 835 - Wednesday, July 13, 2016 15:30:33 PDT
[IP = 96.36.182.146] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Dennis W. Smith, 1SG, US Army Retired
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Farmington, MO
YOUR UNIT:  USDAO Beirut
DATES IN BEIRUT:  Jan '92 - Jan '93
Comments:

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
[IP = 132.3.29.81] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Donald Hurst
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Sumter SC
YOUR UNIT:  Uss Vreeland B Div
DATES IN BEIRUT:  1982-1983
Comments:

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.

Don