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Devildoc

Verified Military
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Nov 3, 2015
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Durham, NC
I was a couple weeks away from turning 15. My dad had retired from Lejeune at that point but we had family in Jacksonville so still went down four, five times a year. We were there a week or so after, right before my birthday. The whole town, the base, were very somber, and there was a very palpable pall in the air. I have been in/around that base and town since I was born, and I had never seen it like that.
 
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Steve1839

SF
Verified SOF
Joined
Jul 14, 2019
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335
Location
"Out where the desert meets the sky"
I was in Bad Toelz when both the Embassy and Marine barracks were bombed...in both cases, we spun up, stood down and got frustrated...

FLASHBACK: April 18, 1983: U.S. Embassy Attacked in Beirut — Central Intelligence Agency

There was a company from 2nd Battalion there at the time (or perhaps a pilot team, I forget...) I guess the plan was if anything was needed, they'd take care of it...we'd just returned from a JCET in Greece and thought we'd be the logical choice to go, but logic is rarely applied in these circumstances...
 

Kawi47

USMC Retired
SOF Support
Joined
Oct 9, 2020
Messages
29
Location
Tennessee
I was a farmer with a Wife and a Son. Enlisted afterwards and because of having 2 dependents I had to enter "open contract". I learned years later that the reason I became a Field Radio Operator was because so many were lost that day.
 
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