MIL-OSI USA: On the 38th Anniversary of the Beirut Barracks Attack, Congressman Pence Pays Tribute to American Heroes Lost

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06)

Columbus, IN – On October 23, 1983 – 241 brave American service members, including 220 Marines, lost their lives in a terrorist attack on United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. That morning, a member of the Iranian-backed terrorist group, Hezbollah, drove a truck bomb into the barracks.

Today, Congressman Greg is paying tribute to his fellow Marines lost in the 1983 Beirut Barracks Attack.

In 1983, as a First Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines we were ordered to Beirut, Lebanon as part of the multinational peacekeeping force during the Lebanese Civil War. As a battle liaison officer, I spent time ashore, and many nights in which I would go to the roof of the Marine barracks and look out across the city. The sight of lone American flag on the horizon is something that is still deeply sentimental for me to this day,” Congressman Pence explained.

(Photo taken by Congressman Pence from the roof of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, shortly before Oct. 23, 1983)

My battalion shipped out just 10 days before the bombing, but 241 of my fellow servicemembers weren’t as lucky. Every year it does not get any easier to think of my fellow Marines who never made it back home. It is my mission to ensure we all remember the tragedy of this day and the lives we lost. We must always remain faithful, and never forget the ultimate these fine Marines made on behalf of our freedom. Semper Fi.” Pence concluded.

In May, Congressman Greg Pence led the introduction of a resolution before the U.S. House of Representatives honoring the lives of military personnel tragically lost in the 1983 Beirut Bombing carried out on U.S. Marine barracks. The resolution, H.Res. 442, expresses support for the designation of October 23, 2021, as a national day of remembrance.

Congressman Pence’s speech on the U.S. House floor this week in remembrance of the 1983 Beirut Barracks Attack can be found here.

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