Closing out today thinking of the 220 Marines, 18 Sailors, and three Soldiers who fell October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon. I was all of 13 years old at the time. My father had been retired from the Corps for only three years and was half a step away from throwing on his pack and rifle and marching toward the Middle East.
Retired 1stSgt Brian Kilpatrick was a corporal who survived the attack. Over on Marines Blog he shares his memories of that day.
Every year on October 23rd, Marines take a moment to think of their brethren and the events of that day in Beirut. The Corps has a long memory.