Sunday, October 23, 2016

the 33rd anniversary of October 23, 1983, Beirut

The Beirut Barracks Bombing occurred during the Lebanese Civil War,  when two truck bombs struck separate buildings housing United States and French military forces—
 killing 299 American and French servicemen.

 The organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing. Suicide bombers detonated each of the truck bombs.

 In the attack on the American Marines barracks, the death toll was 241 American servicemen:

 220 Marines, 18 Navy personnel and three Army soldiers, along with sixty Americans injured

 In the attack on the French barracks, the eight-story 'Drakkar' building,

 58 paratroopers from the 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment were killed and 15 injured,

 The wife and four children of a Lebanese janitor at the French building were also killed.

 The blasts led to the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Lebanon, where they had been stationed since the withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization following the Israeli 1982 invasion of Lebanon.


  1. Thanks again for remembering. Even after all these years it still hits you hard.

    1. I feel ya, and that's why I do it. Us vets gotta keep the memory, no one else will. Any look at a specific thing in history proves to me that in 2 generations most everything is forgotten. The internet is still young, but the chances of the things I have been unable to find ever showing up isn't good. History isn't getting transferred to the net until after the 75 year copywrites expire and the internet gets to be around 100, which will have books out of copywrite at the time that online info became a daily upload with the news of about the year 1999. Even then we will still have a lot of history lost forever. So, I do a small part to keep some memories around.