There was fundamental idiocy here that these Marines, Soldiers and Sailors paid for with their lives: Perimeter guards in a proven hostile AO who were forbidden to have loaded weapons; An entire BLT housed in the same structure; and using Marine infantry--traditional assault troops--as a peacekeeping force.
Thanks @Ooh-Rah for the bump, even though it lit my fires.
My father had retired from the Corps by this point but we were in Jacksonville just a day or two after this to visit friends and family. The grief was palpable. The town and base were in shock. I have never seen anything like it.