Memorials planned for Minn. Marines killed in 1983 Beirut barracks bombing

By JOSEPH LINDBERG | The (St. Paul, Minn.) Pioneer Press | Published: October 19, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn., — Four Marines from Minnesota were killed in the suicide bombing of a military barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 23, 1983. Ceremonies are slated to honor their deaths this month at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel and Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, an 11 a.m. service at the chapel will include relatives of the Minnesota Marines killed. A bell will be rung for each. Marines in dress blues will attend the ceremony.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23 -- the 30th anniversary of the bombing -- a 5:30 p.m. ceremony at the cemetery will honor the Marines at their gravesites. Three of the Minnesota Marines killed in the bombing are buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Section U. A fifth Marine from Minnesota took his own life days after the bombing.

A Marine color guard will be in attendance. Crosses made of cedar will be laid on the soldiers' graves.

More than 300 people were killed in the suicide bombing, along with 241 U.S. servicemen. The attack was the deadliest single-day for U.S. Marines since the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.