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Beirut Veterans of America copyright 2005

The First Duty is to Remember

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Message Number: 729 - Private Message

Message Number: 728 - Monday, September 15, 2014 00:53:03 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Kristopher Allen Kitts

I have humbly requested invitation to your Facebook group. My uncle's name (recently passed) was George R. Allen (ret. CWO4). I believe he received a purple heart for his experiences in Lebenon. His son's name, my cousin is Joseph Allen, of FL, daughter Selma. I really would like to inquire as to his injuries or anything that might be noteworthy about him. As a boy I only got to see him when he was on leave and came home to Knoxville from Camp LeJeune, NC. I appreciate if it is veteran's only, but I'd love to hear how the men affected by that incident have fared. I myself could NOT serve due to a nystagmus which is easily detectable by the age old 'pen test', where you follow the pen. (despite being a crack shot!) I couldn't enlist, so I had to get dressed and call for a ride home from MEPS... Alas, having seen George's ribbon panel, medals and dress blues at an early age (thinking I'd never even seen so many decorations on man before) it impressed upon me. Listening to my grandfather curse the military's departure from the area was a sight! He took that whole thing QUITE personally. Well, I continue to be quite a history buff and an enthusiast so even if I could be present as a 'read only' member, that would be sufficient to satisfy my interest. I've read the wonderful book 'Beirut' and I did get to hear the story from George not too many years after it happened (I was young enough that I was not even told at all until he visited with his arm kinda 'cockeyed'). It would be very special to hear from someone else, possibly first hand... ...anything about that day and how my uncle was affected. Respectfully -Kristopher Kitts (nephew to CWO4 Allen - his sister was my mother)

Message Number: 727 - Wednesday, September 3, 2014 20:17:25 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  S.Lance Turner HM3
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Ramona California
DATES IN BEIRUT:  82,83,84

I was with the 22nd,24th MAU's.We went ashore 1982 to evacuate PLO,set up the Barracks which was home to our BAS and other's (MSSG,FSSG) left on rotation in 82,came back 83 after Grenada along with the bombing.I lost brother's in all three arena's,and miss them to this day.....Semper.

Message Number: 726 - Monday, August 18, 2014 06:12:09 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Jon Warmeling
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Painesville, Ohio
YOUR UNIT:  2nd Combat Engineers

ARMED FORCES OF AMERICA MC Presents the 1st Annual Hawaiian Beirut Memorial Run.

October 19, 2014 at 9:00 am. Fleet Reserve Association - Hawaii.

Contact Thumbs at 910-467-5169 or D-Day at 382-1548.

Message Number: 725 - Thursday, August 14, 2014 22:13:08 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  William A. Pennea Jr.
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Yorktown Heights NY
YOUR UNIT:  USS Fairfax County LST-1193
DATES IN BEIRUT:  3-17-1983 -6-10-1983

The ship came under fire 20 may 1983, missed us.

Message Number: 724 - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 23:12:29 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Kerwin Downing
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Knightdale N.C.
YOUR UNIT:  MSSG-32 Engineers
DATES IN BEIRUT:  Aug 1982-Dec 1982

Semper fi. I am glad to the we are not forgotten and if there is anyone out there who can send me any info on how to become a member of the Beirut Veterans of America i would be appreciated. Thank You.

[Gunny - check your in box; I sent you an email! Or, go to our membership page at: for info! JRW-SF]

K.L. Downing Gysgt. USMC-Ret.

Message Number: 723 - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 00:03:09 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  David E Jenkins GySgt/USMC (Ret)
YOUR UNIT:  USS John F Kennedy
DATES IN BEIRUT:  10/8/83-4/15/84

For All,

My name is David "D-Day" Jenkins (GySgt/USMC (Ret) and President of the Hawaii Chapter of Armed Forces of America Motrcycle Club (AFMC). On 19 October 2014, AFMC is hosting the First Annual Beirut Memorial Run on the Island of Oahu. AFMC has a long history of presenting such a run in several locations in the US and namely Jacksonville, North Carolina (and Camp Johnson, home of the Beirut Memorial Wall).

It is our distinct pleasure to remember our Beirut Veteran, as our club membership includes both in country and Era Veterans. I myself served in Bagel Station for several months aboard the USS John F Kennedy (CV67) and had the misfortune of being on the beachhead at the time of the tragic event and have the aftermath burned pretty good in my brain housing group. I feel honored to be involved in a very under-addressed event and am saddened that more attention is not given to those that "Came in Peace."

Please disseminate the enclosed flyer to anyone who may reside in Hawaii and tell all, "You are not forgotten."

Message Number: 722 - Thursday, August 7, 2014 19:56:53 PDT
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Posted From:United States

Name:  Kevin Day
YOUR UNIT:  2nd Combat Engineers
DATES IN BEIRUT:  08-82 11-82

Is this group still open for membership ?

Message Number: 721 - Sunday, August 3, 2014 15:16:44 PDT
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Posted From:United States
Name:  Mark Chamberlain
YOUR CITY & STATE:  Joppa, Maryland
YOUR UNIT:  BLT 2/6 Weapons Company Dragons Platoon
DATES IN BEIRUT:  Feb thru May 1983

Glad to have served with the World’s Finest – U.S.M.C.

Message Number: 720 - Private Message