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Trigger
10-09-2003, 06:43 PM
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A Marine sniper from Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 8th Marines, the ground combat element of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit, engages in a long range duel with Druze and Shi'ite militia snipers in Beirut in Oct. 1983 during the peace-keeping mission in Lebanon. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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View of the 155mm howitzers of Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 8th Marines, the ground combat element of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit, dug in at Beirut International Airport during the MAU's peace-keeping mission in Lebanon in 1982. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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The U.S. Embassy to Lebanon prior to the April 18, 1983 terrorist attack that killed 63 people, including 17 Marines, one of whom was Cpl. Robert McMaugh, a member of the Marine Security Guard detachment. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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A Marine patrol from BLT 2/6, the ground combat element of the 22d Marine Amphibious Unit, takes cover after receiving fire in the Ouzai district of Beirut in March 1983. Behind the Marines, in beret and sunglasses, is a French soldier. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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Marines from from HMM-264 (Rein) fan out to help Lebanese civilians caught in a sudden snowstorm. The 22d MAU helped 200 Lebanese civilians during the crisis. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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Assault Amphibian Vehicles from BLT 2/6, the ground combat element of the 22d MAU, plow through deep snow during an attempt to rescue Lebanese civilians trapped by snowstorms in the Beka'a Valley. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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A Marine from the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit instructs members of the Lebanese Armed Forces on rudimentary hand-to-hand combat skills in Beirut in Dec. 1982. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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Trailed by curious Lebanese civilians, Marines from Kilo Co., BLT 3/8, the ground combat element of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit, patrol a war-shattered Beirut suburb in Dec. 1982. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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Signs outside a tent from BLT 1/8, the ground combat element of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit, in Beirut. The signs, written in July, August, and September 1983, show the loosening of the rules of engagement for the Marines involved in peace-keeping operations in Lebanon. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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catalyst
10-09-2003, 07:26 PM
is this guy USMC as he seems to be other another nationality...maybe Frencj

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Haiw
10-09-2003, 07:28 PM
never seen a french guy with a US flag on his sleeve tho ;)

USMarine3521
10-09-2003, 07:31 PM
he is also using an m40a1

bobdakilla
10-09-2003, 09:07 PM
he could be french and in the marines

GLax
10-09-2003, 09:43 PM
he could be french and in the marines

American Foreign Legion perhaps? ;)

catalyst
10-09-2003, 11:16 PM
nah it is cause can u positively identify that patch on the guys soldiers as the stars and *****es or is it a french unit patch thats all....juts wondering

Trigger
10-21-2003, 04:50 PM
Here are some more from Beirut:
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The building shown above was used by the Marines as a barracks before the terrorist attack Oct. 23,1983. Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the attack. For more information on memorial services, visit www.lejeune.usmc.mil/mcb/beirutmemorial.asp. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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The explosion of the Marine Corps Building in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983, totally demolished every floor of the building, leaving 220 Marines and 21 other service members dead. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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The Beirut Memorial outside Camp Lejeune, N.C., home of the 22nd and 24th Marine Expeditionary Units, commemorates the service of the American servicemen who served in Beirut peace-keeping operations from Aug. 1982 to Feb. 1984. Photo by: Gunnery Sgt. Keith A. Milks
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Jubilant Marines from Battalion Landing Team 2nd Bn., 8th Marines, the ground combat element of the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit, board a landing craft on Feb. 26, 1984 as some of the last Marines to leave Beirut, Lebanon after the U.S.'s extended peace-keeping mission there. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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Marines from the 22d Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) lower the national colors for the last time on Feb. 26, 1984 at the end of the U.S.'s extended peace-keeping mission in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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Marines from Battalion Landing Team 2nd Bn., 8th Marines, the ground combat element of the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit, man a security check point near Beirut International Airport during the final days of the U.S. peace-keeping efforts in Lebanon. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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Two Marines from the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) help a young evacuee into a flight helmet on Feb. 9, 1984 during a non-combatant evacuation operation from Beirut, Lebanon. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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Marines pay tribute to those killed in Lebanon and Grenada during a memorial service held aboard Camp Lejeune in late October 1983. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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24th Marine Amphibious Unit Commanding Officer Timothy J. Geraghty, far right, discusses ongoing recovery efforts at the destroyed BLT 1/8 headquarters in Beirut Lebanon with Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Paul X. Kelley and Vice President George H. Bush on Oct. 25, 1983. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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Lt. Cmdr. George W. Pucciarelli, the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit Chaplain, shows the strain of ministering the dead and wounded at the site of a suicide bombing that killed 220 Marines, 18 Sailors, and three soldiers in Beirut, Lebanon on Oct. 23, 1983. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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A Marine from the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit wipes away a tear as he dodges sniper fire being directed against rescuers at the site of the Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 8th Marines headquarters that was destroyed by a suicide bomber on Oct. 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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Front view of the headquarters for Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 8th Marines, the ground combat element of the 22d Marine Amphibioius Unit, prior to the explosion that destroyed the building on Oct. 23, 1983. An explosive-laden truck slammed into the building where the jeep is parked, killing 220 Marines, 18 Sailors, and three soldiers. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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Aerial view of the headquarters of Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 8th Marines, the ground combat element of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit, in Beirut, Lebanon.
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A thick, black cloud rises from the shattered headquarters of Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 8th Marines, the ground combat element of the 22d Marine Amphibious Unit, where, only seconds before, a suicide bomber drove a explosive-laden truck into the building, killing 220 Marines, 18 Sailors, and three soldiers. Photo by: Official USMC Photo
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May they rest in peace.

Seoulstriker
10-21-2003, 05:43 PM
:(

bikewrench
10-21-2003, 06:38 PM
I'm pretty sure that a few of those guys were in Boot w/me. At the time I remembered their names better. Acoupla years ago I was visiting Philly (great city) and I came across the big rock at the Maritime Museum.
It's a memorial for these guys in case you don't know, and looking through the names and of some were familiar still. One day I'll really check it out and find out if anyone was from my class at Boot or ITS. I was just out of ITS after doing a guard stint at San Onofre and had been with my unit (1/3) for maybe a couple weeks.
At the time when they put up that huge list everyone was like, oh ****, because although the Marines is a large organization, people in infantry battalions aren't so many. Those numbers btw represent nearly the ENTIRE Headquarters and Service Company of 1st Bn., 8th Marines.
RIP
Adam

ps The "french" guy is a USMC Scout Sniper wearing a then common repro boonie hat. They didn't really issue them in the 80's and in any case were always in short supply. I think the Army probably had em all;-)