I was in Comm Platoon, H&S/2/6 attached to Fox/2/6 during our stay in Beirut. Our India Battery Fire Support Communicator was a guy named Tinsley, the fire support man was a Corporal, whose name I think was Torres.....but I could be wrong about that.....as for the FO, he was some tall, blonde headed 2nd Lt, whose name also escapes me?
Muscular guy? I would say a poster Marine officer. I think his name was Lt. Speese. No not Speese. He was short. I am looking at my Battery picture now That they took at the field on mainside. I think I know the officer but can not remember his name. He kind of looked like the guy from the tv beawitched. Don't remember Tinsley. I joined India in Novemeber 1982 as a Boot. When we came back most of the guys in India were discharged or overseas control date was up. However we were on a fire base just outside the airport. The blt building seemd to be a half mile a way. If I were standing facing the airport the Med would be at my right side.
DId you go to the embassy after they blew it? Do you remember the ships in our group.
I am certain of Fairfax County, Spartanburg County and Guadalcanal. I can not remeber the other two. However I narrowed it to the Pennsicola, Raleigh and Hermitage. L ittle help on this will be wonderful. As I am trying to remember what ships go with what float.
Donald, The Arty FO was a tall blond headed guy, not a body builder type, more like a runner. I think he had glasses, that he did not wear all of the time. As memory serves, he kind of looked like Alexander Skarsgaard.
I did go to the Embassy when it was blown up, in fact, I saw the explosion from the air, we were returning from our R&R in France on a Navy jet and the cloud went up as we made our final approach to the BIA. Once we landed, I ran across the tarmac to the Fox Company base camp and dropped my sea bag, grabbed some ammo from Tinsley and got on the truck with our Company CO.
The Raliegh (LPD1) was the other ship in the MARG, I was on the Guad there and back. Send me your e-mail address and I will send you an invite to TWS, a Marine only site, I have lots of pictures and memories posted there and there are quite a few other Beirut vets there.
Donald, I am not sure that this site is accepting my newest e-mail address, I have tried to change it but it keeps asking me for my old one when I log in, so whatever you sent is out there in limbo I'm afraid. Send me a note on this addy, "firstname.lastname@example.org" and I should get it.
yo devil dog, James Roark served with echo 2/6 Feb to June 83 Oct to Nov 83,at cp or op 76 from Oct 23 till Nov? 83 had to return fire from 76 in early Nov 83 fired M203 about 30 times that night other marines at the library had to evac to ships we also got off cp76.you remember what day?also 2/8 relieved us i met SGT MANNY COX he just got back from Grenada he took my cot.i only met him one time, I was in Cyprus when got news about cp76.lets talk about the ROOT.OK CANNON COCKER
Wow,29 years later I've found a forum/discussion group.I haven't really been looking but stumbled on this by accident doing research on possible medals/ribbons I or my unit may have been awarded.My DD 214 states the N.U.C.&S.Service and that's it.While reading just this evening I can confirm some of what I have read.My official docs. are in my car right now but can remember(funny how some things still stick)appox. where,when,etc...We left Morehead City early 1983 on a drizzly/over cast day and boarded the Guadalcanal(LPH-7)and beelined straight for Beirut.With our float group were 2 LST's & 2 LSD's.I can't recall there names offhand.I was a driver that was TAD from Det.Alpha MWSG-27? to either HHS or HMM-264 based @ New River.When we got to Lebanon we set up base @ the end of the runway next to the last TMA hanger.I remember this because about 1-2 months after the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders did a USO thing in the hanger(I still have the pictures).There were 6 tents total in an L shape(90 degrees)next to an old concrete building that had RPG holes in it(have those pics too)Stenciled on one door was "No Smoking-Dope Store".Anyway,to get to the BLT I/we would exit camp,hang a left,go about 50-60 yards then hang a right up a hill another 30-40 yds. then hang left to the BLT on right(50 yrds. or so).Looking south was the ATC tower for Beirut Intl. Airport.Off to the left was"Hooterville"(Souk el Garb?).I distinctly remember that before they built the chow hall on the 1st. floor our chow was flown in from the ships offshore.It came in green 5 gallon vats.I also remember taking chow to the ATC controllers in the Tower(Navy).I have a sh%*load of more but if any one can relate/recall I'd be happy to share more stories.(Remember the e-club in the basement?).My e-mail is email@example.com.Put "Shouf"in subject so it doesn't go to spam.Semper Fi,Mike.