Memorial for 1983 Beirut bombing set for Jacksonville

Servicemembers pick through rubble following the Beirut barracks bombing Oct. 23, 1983, that killed 241 Marines, sailors and soldiers.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 13, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A memorial for the servicemembers killed in the 1983 bombing of a barracks in Beirut is being planned for Jacksonville.

The Florida Times-Union reports that the Semper Fidelis Society wants to install the memorial at the city's Evergreen Cemetery.

Organizers say the purpose is to honor all 241 servicemembers who died that day, especially the 22 from Florida.

The bombing in Lebanon, which killed 220 Marines, was the largest loss of life for Marines in a single action since the Vietnam War and the worst overall for them since World War II's Iwo Jima battle.

The planned monument will be a granite block with the large bronze eagle, globe and anchor Marine Corps emblem over a plaque memorializing the Beirut dead. Organizers plan to have it installed by Oct. 23.

Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union.

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