Beirut Bombing Remembrance

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Retired Marine Gen. P.X. Kelley, who served as 28th commandant of the Marine Corps, recalls his experiences of the Oct. 23, 1983, terrorist attacks on a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, during the White House Commission on Remembrance’s 25th annual tribute to those killed during the attack. The tribute took place at Arlington National Cemetery, Oct. 19, 2008. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Former Marine Ken Curry, left, and Bill Short, a former sailor, fight back tears during the White House Commission on Remembrance’s 25th annual tribute Oct. 19, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery to those killed in the Oct. 23, 1983, terrorist attacks on a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Marine Brig. Gen. James M. Lariviere speaks to a crowd of about 100 gathered Oct. 19, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery for the White House Commission on Remembrance’s 25th annual tribute to those killed in the Oct. 23, 1983, terrorist attacks on a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Marines Corps Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Orban, rear, waits to perform “Taps,” and Lance Cpl. Lee Patrick waits to place a remembrance wreath at the Arlington National Cemetery memorial for those killed in the Oct. 23, 1983, terrorist attacks on a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • About 100 friends and family members, along with a handful of survivors, gathered Oct. 19, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery for the White House Commission on Remembrance’s 25th annual tribute to the 241 Americans, mostly Marines, killed in the Oct. 23, 1983, terrorist attack on a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Members of Marine Corps Junior ROTC at Mount Vernon High School, Va., laid flowers Oct. 19, 2008, at the graves in Arlington National Cemetery of those killed in the Oct. 23, 1983, terrorist attacks on a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Officials of the White House Commission on Remembrance’s 25th annual tribute to the 241 Americans, mostly Marines, killed in the Oct. 23, 1983, terrorist attack on a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, lay a remembrance wreath at the Arlington National Cemetery memorial for those killed in the attack, Oct. 19, 2008. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Marines Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Orban performs “Taps” at Arlington National Cemetery for the White House Commission on Remembrance’s 25th annual tribute to the 241 Americans, mostly Marines, killed in the Oct. 23, 1983, terrorist attacks on a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III
  • Deborah Peterson places flowers at the grave of her brother, Marine Cpl. James Chandonnet Knipple, Oct. 19, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery. Peterson, her two sisters, and a handful of other family members gathered for the White House Commission on Remembrance’s 25th annual tribute to the 241 Americans, mostly Marines, killed in the Oct. 23, 1983, terrorist attacks on a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.  DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III