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Jim Wright ©Stars and StripesLebanon, July, 1958: U.S. Marines attract a crowd of spectators as they land on a beach near Beirut during Operation Blue Bat, the three-month-long, American-led effort to back the beleaguered pro-Western Lebanese government of President Camille Chamoun. Although the landing force was prepared for rebel resistance, they were greeted by casually-dressed photographers in the surf and the throng of curious local residents on shore. A Stars and Stripes reporter noted that the big winners in the landings were local taxi drivers, whose rates for ferrying people to the beach quadrupled as the situation developed.

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