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Marine Amphibious Unit

Sunday, October 23, 1983
Terrorist Bombing in Beirut
At approximately 0622 on Sunday, October 23, the Battalion Landing Team headquarters building in the Marine Amphibious Unit compound at Beirut International Airport was destroyed by a terrorist bomb. The catastrophic attack took the lives of 241 Marines, sailors and soldiers and wounded more than 100 others. The bombing was carried out by one lone terrorist driving a yellow Mercedes Benz stake-bed truck that accelerated through the public parking lot south of the BLT headquarters building, where it exploded. The truck drove over the barbed and concertina wire obstacle, passed between two Marine guard posts without being engaged by fire, entered an open gate, passed around one sewer pipe barrier and between two others, flattened the Sergeant of the Guard's sandbagged booth at the building's entrance, penetrated the lobby of the building and detonated while the majority of the occupants slept. The force of the explosion [12,000 pounds] ripped the building from its foundation. The building then imploded upon itself. Almost all the occupants were crushed or trapped inside the wreckage. . .more died than on the deadliest day of fighting in Vietnam, the invasion of Iraq or the entire 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Beirut Memorial Website


Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 237

Name Service Branchsort ascending
PFC Stephen Bland USMC
CPL Paul Callahan USMC
LCPL Russell Cyzick USMC
CPL Steven Forrester USMC
MSGT Matilde Hernandez USMC
LCPL Nathaniel Jenkins USMC
MSGT Richard Lemnah USMC
PFC Jeffrey Owen USMC
LCPL Jerryl Shropshire USMC
LCPL Eric Sturghill USMC
GYSGT Lloyd West USMC
1stLT Donald Woollett USMC
SGT Richard Blankenship USMC
SGT Mecot Camara USMC
MAJ Andrew Davis USMC
LCPL Richard Gordon USMC
CPL Stanley Hester USMC
CPL David Lewis USMC
PFC Louis Melendez USMC
CPL Joseph Owens USMC

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