The Root: The Marines in Beirut,August 1982-February 1984
It was early one morning in October 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon. Terrorists drove a truck loaded with 12,000 pounds of explosives into the atrium of a building housing the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit. The explosives were detonated, razing the four-story steel and concrete building, killing 241 Americans, and injuring many more. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. pulled its forces out of Beruit. Within months of the attack, author Eric Hammel was granted an historic opportunity to interview survivors of the bombing and those who came to their rescue. This book is their story and captures the Marines' mission in Lebanon, including largely unreported battles fought in and around Beirut. Using recollections from the nearly 200 people interviewed, the book recounts in vivid detail the terrorist attack on unit headquarters, and how the survivors came out alive.
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1st Platoon 1stLt 24th MAU aboard aid station Allston Alpha Company Amal American amtrac arrived artillery beach Beirut International Airport blast BLT building Bob Johnston body bombing Bravo Company bunker Capt Captain Roy casualties Charlie Battery Charlie Company checkpoint Chris Cowdrey civilian Colonel combat post commander compound concrete corpsmen Dallachie Danny Wheeler dead deck detonation Druse embassy evacuation fighters fire force Geraghty gunfire gunners Gunny GySgt Hacala head heard helicopter helo Hooterville injured Israeli Iwo Jima jeep Lachat Lance Corporal LCpl leader Lebanese Armed Forces Lebanese University Lebanon Lieutenant Hough machine gun medevac meters Mike militia mortar Moslem MSSG headquarters NCOs officer ordered patrol Platoon positions radio Redlich rifle road rocket rounds rubble sandbag Shiite snipers Soifert squad SSgt Staff Sergeant Steve Russell Syrian tank target troops truck units victims weapons wounded