An event this week will mark the worst single-day loss of Marine Corps life since the battle of Iwo Jima.
This Friday, October 23, 2015 will mark the 32nd anniversary of the Beirut bombing, which claimed the lives of 241 Marines, soldiers and sailors.
It was 1pm (Lebanon time) on the afternoon of Oct. 23, 1983, that the headquarters building of Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, out of what was then then Camp Geiger; was destroyed by suicide bombers affiliated with the Islamic Jihad Organization, a terrorist group that operated throughout the region.
For the Marines, the catastrophic loss of life suffered that day had not been seen since the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. The blast also claimed the lives of 58 French paratroopers and six innocent bystanders.
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