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DATE/TIME = 25OCT 98 - 6:33 PST
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Richard Truman (Cpl/GySgt/USMC - HMM-162 24th MAU)
E-MAIL = = truman@erols.com
COMMENTS = I just returned from Jacksonville, NC and the Memorial Services. Mere words cannot express my feelings at how wonderful the ceremonies were. It was beautiful! Thank you so much Major Bob Jordan (ret) and Mrs. Judy Young and to all who helped in making the Memorial Anniversary a success! To Donald Long: It was great to see you again after such a long time. I am glad that we were able to talk about the events of that faithful day. You are one person that will remain in my heart forever. Fate brought us together back then and friendship keeps us together now. To all in attendance, Thanks for a wonderful time, and to all my HMM-162 brethren, I hope that some of you will attend the 20th anniversary. SEMPER FI! Richard

DATE/TIME = 23OCT 98 - 17:24
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Russell Jarvis (LCPL/USMC - HMM162 F/L)
E-MAIL = = rusthdwe@planttel.net
COMMENTS = Nothing to say,just silence.God,be with us,and them with God.

DATE/TIME = 23OCT 98 - 07:29
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Debby Norfleet (FAMILY - Widow of Sgt. Richard L. Blankenship)
E-MAIL = = angeleyez60@earthlink.net
COMMENTS = I am currently living in Nashville, TN with my 17 year old son - and unable to attend the Memorial today. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there today. God Bless.

DATE/TIME = 22OCT 98 - 08:22
NAME/ASSOCIATION = John Oliver (SSGT/USMC - Survivor of the BLT HeadQuarters Bombing)
E-MAIL = JOLi1023@aol.com
COMMENTS = See new entry in PEOPLE & CONTACTS section


DATE/TIME = 21 OCT 98 - 21:27
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Bill Reifsteck (CPL/USMC - India CO 3/8...........BLT 3/8)
E-MAIL = REIFB@aol.com
COMMENTS = Even though I was not there that day.........I think of it every day.........My thoughts go out to those that were there and those that lost a loved one..........please remember that there are those of us who have not forgotten and won't, I am sorry i wont be there for the Memorial this weekend ...........but i am thinking of you that are ....and of those that cannot................SEMPER FI

DATE/TIME = 21 OCT 98 - 06:26
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Carey Fabian (GYSGT/USMC - STA PLT 2/8)
E-MAIL = careyfabian@hotmail.com
COMMENTS = My thoughts are with all of you on the 23rd. SEMPER FI

DATE/TIME = 20 OCT 98 - 15:43
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Doc (HM3/USN 24 mau- BLT Bombing..Flew 13 missions of wounded to support ships)
E-MAIL = dolf@powernet.net.
COMMENTS = I have not sought out Beruit vets, especally those that were involved in the bombing. I still carry alot of guilt concerning those I could not help. To stand in a room of survivors and family members is unthinkable, even after15 years. I need to know that people survived..that I made some sort of difference. Maybe some Marine out there remembers a red-headed Corpsman? Drop me a line

DATE/TIME = 17 OCT 98 - 11:02
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Grant Thomas McIntosh Jr.
(Assigned to Beirut, investigated the BLT Bombing and lost many friends)
E-MAIL = AMQHRS@aol.com
COMMENTS = See new entry in PEOPLE & CONTACTS section


DATE/TIME = 15 OCT 98 - 19:50
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Missy Garmon (had two friends killed in bombing)

E-MAIL = Missy.Garmon@capmark.funb.com
COMMENTS = The below came from the Military Women's Website http://www.MilitaryWoman.org/homepage.htm
Unfortunately, there is no name or email with it, but I thought that at least the first part may be appropriate for posting on the site.
Posted: 23 Apr 98
I am a seventh generation Marine, retired medically after a serious injury, but as we all know, there is no such thing as an ex-Marine. My worst moments were the times when, as a truck driver in the Corps, I had to carry the bodies of those who were killed in the Beirut bombing, back to Camp Lejeune. The entire twenty something miles between Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune had been decorated by the people living there, with black and yellow ribbons, and I don't recall a single foot of that road, without someone standing there, hat in hand, welcoming the Marines home. By the time I got to the main gate, I was crying so hard I could barely see, and I've never forgotten that moment, or the news reporter who jumped onto my truck and shoved a camera in my face. The guard at the gate jerked the reporter off and told him, "Touch that Marine again, and I'll break you in half!"
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That was the Marine Corps to me, a mixture of pain and laughter, incredibly wonderful people, and unforgettable times, highlighted by sorrow, pride, great joy and deep loss.


DATE/TIME = 14 OCT 98 - 19:22
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Bill and Lorraine Macroglou
(parents of MAJ John William Macroglou, USMC the Executive Officer in charge of BLT in Beirut, killed in the 23 Oct 98 bombing)
E-MAIL = billmac@timesnet.net
COMMENTS = Would love to hear from anyone that served with our son in the service.


DATE/TIME = 11 OCT 98 - 09:18
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Brian "Kirk" Kirkpatrick (CPL/USMC - Eng Plt, Wpns 1/8, 24th MAU Survivor of BLT bombing)
E-MAIL = bkirkpatrick83@yahoo.com
COMMENTS = See new entry in PEOPLE & CONTACTS section


DATE/TIME = 28 SEPT 98 - 17:36
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Mike "Clep" Clepper (CPL/USMC - 2nd Plt. Bravo Co. BLT 1/8)
E-MAIL = kclepper@ssgs.com
COMMENTS = See new entry in PEOPLE & CONTACTS section


DATE/TIME = 26 SEPT 98 - 20:31
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Kenneth "Kenny" Goss (SGT/USMC [currently GYSGT] - 2nd Plt, Golf Co, 2/8)
E-MAIL = kgoss@bellsouth.net
COMMENTS = See new entry in PEOPLE & CONTACTS section


DATE/TIME = 21 SEPT 98 - 10:02
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Rebecca Bowler (Sister of SSGT Harold Ghumm, USMC - killed in the BLT bombing)
E-MAIL = crashthebash@email.msn.com
COMMENTS = My name is Rebecca. My brother, SSGT Harold D Ghumm, was killed in Beirut in 1983. I would like to do more research on my brother and do a memoranbilia. Did you know him? Do you know anyone who knew him that maybe willing to talk to me about him. I know they are doing a memorial in Oct. but there is no way we can come we just can't afford it. The last time I was at his burial was the day they buried him. His wife wanted him to be buried there so we went with her blessings and now she has moved away with his 3 children and doesnt keep in touch. My brother left home when I was very young. I am his baby sister the baby of 9. Harold was the oldest . Harold was going to come home and see his baby sister graduate in 1984 which never happened. I just want to know about him. Was he a good Marine? Did people look up to him? Does he have friends that was stationed with, still alive? All I know is that he died for this country and left 3 beautiful children behind, including his family. There isn't a day that goes by that I dont think of him and wish to God he would walk in the door. I have an 11 yr old son which looks alot like Harold and wish Harold could of met him. Please if you know of anything or anyone that might have info. Please let me know. I wish there would be someway we could come to the services so maybe I could find out more. I live in Billings, Missouri. It would be a 2 day drive and there is no way my family could do that, but I know my prayers will be with Harold and all the other servicemen who died just like my prayers are with them every year. Thank you so much. - Rebecca -


DATE/TIME = 16 SEPT 98 - 19:34
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Bill (Ski) Buczynski (LCPL/USMC - MSSG 24, Comm Plt, 24th MAU)
E-MAIL = cpd140@aol.com
COMMENTS = See new entry in PEOPLE & CONTACTS section


DATE/TIME = 16 SEPT 98 - 12:13
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Danny Wheeler (LT-LCDR/USN - Chaplain, 1/8 Marines)
E-MAIL = DANNY_G_WHEELER.parti@ecunet.org
COMMENTS = See new entry in PEOPLE & CONTACTS section


DATE/TIME = 13 SEPT 98 - 07:30
NAME/ASSOCIATION = Antonio Ciliberto (LCPL/USMC - HQ, 24th MAU)
E-MAIL = acili@aol.com
COMMENTS = See new entry in PEOPLE & CONTACTS section


DATE/TIME = 12 SEPT 98 - 12:18
NAME/ASSOCIATION = James "Jimmy" Skeen (LCPL/USMC - MSSG 24, 24th MAU Truck Plt)
E-MAIL = MeanGreen_83@hotmail.com
COMMENTS = See new entry in PEOPLE & CONTACTS section


DATE/TIME = 11 SEPT 98 - 01:08
NAME/ASSOCIATION = William Raney (CPL/USMC - Det I/J/K 2nd Radio Batt. 22nd MAU & 24th MAU)
E-MAIL = raneyw@yahoo.com
COMMENTS = See new entry in PEOPLE & CONTACTS section

Created 10/14/98 | Last Modified 10/18/98

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