Today, we remember the 220 Marines, 18 Sailors and 3 Soldiers who lost their lives on this day in 1983, when a truck carrying explosives attacked the Marine compound in Beirut, Lebanon. More Marines died in that attack than in any one-day action since the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. They arrived in Beirut as part of an international peacekeeping force, not to make war.
(U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Robert Sweet)