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The First Duty is to Remember

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This page was last accessed on 2014-11-28


Message Number: 753 - Monday, November 24, 2014 14:10:06 PDT
[IP = 66.169.116.69] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Brendan Barry
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Haltom City Texas
YOUR UNIT:  MSSG24
DATES IN BEIRUT:  6/83-11/83
Comments:

Before I left the Navy in 1986, I visited the base psychiatrist expressing my concerns over my mental health. I was told that studies were conducted on the survivors of the bombing in Dresden Germany in WW 2 and no negative effects were found.Was told to get back to work. It took me years to get treatment for PTSD. In the interim my life fell apart.


Message Number: 752 - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 20:06:08 PDT
[IP = 66.66.31.139] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  John Locke
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Penn Yan, NY
YOUR UNIT:  USS Guadalcanal
DATES IN BEIRUT:  January-June 1983
Comments:

I was in Beruit when the US Embassy was bombed. US Navy Aerographer's mate 2nd class petty officer, USS Guadalcanal. I just discovered this site tonight and would very much like to be a member.


Message Number: 751 - Saturday, November 15, 2014 02:35:18 PDT
[IP = 24.127.253.138] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Bob Cote
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Jacksonville, Fl
YOUR UNIT:  USS PHARRIS FF 1094
DATES IN BEIRUT:  OCT 23, 1983
Comments:

Thank each and every one of you for your service. I was stationed onboard the USS PHARRIS off the coast a mile or so on this date as a very young E3. 31 years later I remember that morning better than anything else in my life. Today I still feel helpless not able to reach shore to help. RIP to the brothers that lost thier lives and comfort those that were there. Very Respectfully, R. Cote, USN, Command Master Chief, Retired


Message Number: 750 - Wednesday, November 5, 2014 19:44:46 PDT
[IP = 50.154.51.104] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  David Bryson
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Eustis, Fl
YOUR UNIT:  I Btry, 3/10
DATES IN BEIRUT:  2/14/83 to 31 May 83
Comments:

Semper Fi to all my Marine Brothers and Sisters,

I was a Lance Corporal in Beruit during the bombing of the embassy in April of 83. We lost 17 Americans in that blast. I stayed in the barracks while on mess duty and often went there for administrative needs. I was in the artillery unit (I Btry 3/10), that overlooked the airport. I ran the airport for PT almost every day. I remember the patrols through the city and the occasional attacks we faced. But in Oct, I lost friends in the bombing of the barracks. The reason I am leaving this message is because I ran into a Marine last Friday that was in Beruit during the bombing of the barracks, the 24th MEU. Those that were there at that time relieved me as I was in the 23rd MEU. It was a great time to reminiss with a fellow Marine about those times as most civilians will never understand. God Bless our troops today in the face of battle for terrorism. Semper Fi, 1st Sgt David Bryson.


Message Number: 749 - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 10:55:14 PDT
[IP = 214.18.133.41] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Toby Layman
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Spotsylvania, Virginia
YOUR UNIT:  USS HARLAN COUNTY (LST 1196)
DATES IN BEIRUT:  10 May - 08 Dec 1983
Comments:

I served onboard USS HARLAN COUNTY (LST 1196) during MARG 2-83. We departed evening of 22 Oct enroute to a port visit. We returned to Beirut coast the next day and I was ashore 12 hours later. So many painful memories. My prayers are with those families and my brothers in arms who lost fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God." (Matthew 5:9).


Message Number: 748 - Monday, November 3, 2014 21:23:52 PDT
[IP = 68.229.239.106] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  John "Rick" Barnes
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Oklahoma City
YOUR UNIT:  USS Forrestal OE Div
DATES IN BEIRUT:  August 1982
Comments:

Served on the USS Forrestal providing support for the Multi-National Peacekeeping Force. Awarded Navy Expeditionary Medal with bronze star.


Message Number: 747 - Thursday, October 30, 2014 17:20:08 PDT
[IP = 173.79.188.179] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  John Dawson
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Herndon, Virginia
YOUR UNIT:  USS Guam LPH-9
DATES IN BEIRUT:  Jun-Nov, 82; Nov 83-May 84
Comments:

Dear Sir(s): I was a surface warfare officer aboard USS Guam LPH-9. We put the Marines into Beirut in 1982 and took them out in 1984. --John E. Dawson, LCDR, USNR-Ret.


Message Number: 746 - Sunday, October 26, 2014 13:34:52 PDT
[IP = 46.7.4.227] -
Posted From:Ireland
Name:  Alan Clarke
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Dublin,Ireland
YOUR UNIT:  58th Inf Batt UNIFIL
DATES IN BEIRUT:  85,86,2006
Comments:

Hi all.

I want to send my best wishes to you all and your website of remembrance.

I served in Lebanon with the Irish Army in the 80's and as a civilian in 2006 in Beirut in particular.I was a member of UNIFIL during my time.I am also a member of the Irish Defence Forces Veterans Association who try to keep the memory of our sacrifice alive.

Very best wishes,Alan Clarke,Dublin,Ireland.


Message Number: 745 - Saturday, October 25, 2014 06:20:49 PDT
[IP = 23.127.214.78] -
Posted From:
Name:  Paul M. Thornton
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Lexington, NC 27295
YOUR UNIT:  USN Vietnam
DATES IN BEIRUT:  Not in Beirut
FAMILY MEMBERS UNIT:  Unknown
Comments:

Kathleen and I attended the memorial service this Thursday past. Thank you all for your service and dedication to preserving the memory of the men who died or wounded in that tragic terror bombing.

Our nephew, Richard Menkins was killed on the 3rd floor of the barracks.

Thanks to all who served.

Paul & Kathleen Thornton

For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. (Sign at Khe Sahn, 1968).


Message Number: 744 - Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:19:50 PDT
[IP = 71.60.224.198] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Chris Deasy
YOUR CITY & STATE:  West Homestead
YOUR UNIT:  2nd FSSG
DATES IN BEIRUT:  1983
Comments:

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