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Beirut Memorial

 
 
Beirut Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
1. Beirut Memorial Marker
Inscription.
Honoring the men
who gave their lives in Lebanon
1982 - 1984
May we always remember
those who are ready
to protect our freedom

Commissioned by
the people of Jacksonville
North Carolina
Dedicated
October 23, 1986

On the back of the marker is engraved:

They came in peace

and a list of those American servicemen who died in Beirut:
Terry W. Abbott USMC • Clemon Alexander USMC • John R. Allman USMC • Moses Arnold, Jr. USMC • Charles K. Bailey USMC • Nicholas Baker USMC • Johansen Banks USMC • Richard E Barrett USMC • Ronny K. Bates USN • David L. Battle USMC • James R. Baynard USMC • Jesse W. Beamon USN • Alvin Belmer USMC • Shannon D. Biddle USMC • Stephen Bland USMC • Richard L. Blankenship USMC • John W Blocker USMC • Joseph J. Boccia, Jr. USMC • Leon Bohannon USMC • John R. Bohnet, Jr. USMC • John J. Bonk, Jr. USMC • Jeffrey L. Boulos USMC • David R. Bousum USMC • John N. Boyett USMC • Anthony Brown USMC • David W. Brown USMC • Bobby S. Buchanan, Jr. USMC

• John B. Buckmaster USMC • William F. Burley USMC • Alfred Butler III USMC • Jimmy R. Cain USN • Paul L. Callahan USMC • Mecot E. Camara USMC • Bradley J. Campus USMC • Randall A. Carlson USA • Johnnie D. Ceasar
Beirut Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
2. Beirut Memorial Marker
This side faces Lejeune Boulevard.
USMC • Sam Cherman USMC • Randy W. Clark USMC • Marc L. Cole USMC • Marcus A. Coleman USA • Juan M. Comas USMC • Robert A. Conley USMC • Charles D. Cook USMC • Curtis J. Cooper USMC • Johnny L. Copeland USMC • Bert D. Corcoran USMC • David L. Cosner USMC • Kevin P. Coulman USMC • Manuel A. Cox USMC • Brett A. Croft USMC • Rick R. Crudale USMC • Kevin P. Custard USMC • Russell E. Cyzick USMC • David L. Daugherty USMC

• Andrew L. Davis USMC • Sidney James Decker USMC • Michael J. Devlin USMC • Thomas A. Dibenedetto USMC • Nathaniel G. Dorsey USMC • Frederick B. Douglass USMC • George L. Dramis USMC • Timothy J. Dunnigan USMC • Bryan L. Earle USN • Roy L. Edwards USMC • William D. Elliot, Jr. USN • Jesse Ellison USMC • Danny R. Estes USMC • Sean F. Estler USMC • Thomas A. Evans USMC • James E. Faulk USN • Richard A. Fluegel USMC • Steven M. Forrester USMC • William B. Foster, Jr. USN • Michael D. Fulcher USMC • Benjamin E. Fuller USMC • Michael S. Fulton USMC • William Gaines Jr • Sean R. Gallagher USMC • David B. Gander USMC • George M. Gangur USMC • Leland E. Gann USMC

• Randall J. Garcia USMC • Ronald J. Garcia USMC • Edward J. Gargano USMC • David D. Gay USMC • Harold D. Ghumm USMC • Warner Gibbs, Jr. USMC • Timothy R. Giblin USMC • Michael W. Gorchinski USN • Richard J. Gordon USMC • Harold F. Gratton
Names engraved on the Beirut Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
3. Names engraved on the Beirut Memorial
USMC • Robert B. Greaser USMC • Davin M. Green USMC • Thomas A. Hairston USMC • Freddie Haltiwanger, Jr. USMC • Virgil D. Hamilton USMC • Gilbert Hanton USMC • William Hart USMC • Michael S. Haskell USMC • Michael A. Hastings USMC • Jeffrey T. Hattaway USMC • Paul A. Hein USMC • Douglas E. Held USMC • Mark A. Helms USMC • Ferrandy D. Henderson USMC • Matilde Hernandez, Jr. USMC • Rodolfo Hernandez USMC • Stanley G. Hester USMC • John Hendrickson USMC

• Donald W. Hildreth USMC • Richard H. Holberton USMC • Robert S. Holland USN • Bruce A. Hollingshead USMC • Melvin D. Holmes USMC • Bruce L. Howard USMC • John R. Hudson USNR • Terry L. Hudson USMC • Lyndon J. Hue USMC • Maurice E. Hukill USMC • Edward F. Iacovino, Jr. USMC • John J. Ingalls USMC • Paul G. Innocenzi, III USMC • James J. Jackowski USMC • Jeffrey W. James USMC • Nathaniel W. Jenkins USMC • Michael H. Johnson USN • Edward A. Johnston USMC • Steven Jones USMC • Thomas A. Julian USMC • Marion E. Kees USN • Thomas C. Keown USMC • Edward E. Kimm USMC • Walter V. Kingsley USMC • Daniel S. Kluck USA • James C. Knipple USMC • Todd A. Kraft USMC

• Freas H. Kreischer, III USMC • Keith J. Laise USMC • Thomas G. Lamb USMC • Mark A. Lange USN • James J. Langon, IV USMC • Michael S. Lariviere USMC • Steven B. Lariviere USMC • Richard L. Lemnah USMC • David
The Eternal Guard image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
4. The Eternal Guard
The sculpture is the work of artist Abbé Godwin, who also created North Carolina's Vietnam Memorial in Raleigh. She personally oversaw the casting of the bronze statue in Long Island, New York. The statue was dedicated on October 22, 1988, five years after the tragic day in Beirut, Lebanon.
A. Lewis USMC • Val S. Lewis USMC • Joseph R. Livingston USMC • Donald G. Losey, Jr. USMC • Paul D. Lyon, Jr. USMC • John W. Macroglou USMC • Samuel Maitland USMC • Charlie R. Martin USMC • Jack L. Martin USMC • David S. Massa USMC • Michael R. Massman USMC • Joseph J. Mattacchione USMC • Ben Henrey Maxwell USA • John McCall USMC • James E. McDonough USMC • Timothy R. McMahon USMC • Robert V McMaugh USMC • Timothy D. McNeely USMC • George N. McVicker, II USN

• Louis Melendez USMC • Richard H. Menkins, II USMC • Michael D. Mercer USMC • Ronald W. Meurer USMC • Joseph P. Milano USN • Joseph P. Moore USMC • Richard A. Morrow USMC • John F. Muffler USMC • Alex Munoz USMC • Harry D. Myers USMC • David J. Nairn USMC • Luis A. Nava USMC • Michael J Ohler USMC • John A. Olson USMC • Robert P. Olson USMC • Alexander M Ortega USMC • Richard C. Ortiz USMC • Jeffrey B. Owen USMC • Joseph A. Owens USMC • Ray Page USMC • Ulysses G. Parker USMC • Mark W. Payne USMC • John L. Pearson USMC • Marvin H. Perkins USMC • Thomas S. Perron USMC • John A. Phillips, Jr. USMC • George W. Piercy USN

• Clyde W. Plymel USMC • William H. Pollard USMC • Rafael Pomalestorres USMC • Victor M. Prevatt USMC • James C. Price USMC • Patrick K. Prindeville USMC • Eric A. Pulliam USMC • Diomedes J. Quirante USN • David M. Randolph USMC • Charles
Beirut Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
5. Beirut Memorial Marker
R. Ray USMC • David L Reagan USMC • Rui A. Relvas USMC • Terrence L. Rich USMC • Warren Richardson USMC • Juan C. Rodriguez USMC • Louis J. Rotondo USMC • Mark E Salazar USA • Guillermo San Pedro, Jr. USMC • Michael C. Sauls USMC • Charles J. Schnorf USMC • Scott L. Schultz USMC • Peter J. Scialabba USMC • Gary R. Scott USMC • Ronald L. Shallo USMC • Thomas A. Shipp USMC • Jerryl D. Shropshire USMC • James F. Silvia USMC • Larry H. Simpson, Jr. USMC

• Stanley J. Sliwinski USMC • Kirk H. Smith USMC • Thomas G. Smith USMC • Vincent L. Smith USMC • Edward Soares USMC • Alan H Soifert USMC • William S. Sommerhof USMC • Michael C. Spaulding USMC • John W. Spearing USMC • Stephen E. Spencer USMC • Bill J. Stelpflug USMC • Horace R. Stephens USMC • Craig S. Stockton USMC • Jeffrey G. Stokes USMC • Thomas D. Stowe USMC • Eric D. Sturghill USMC • Devon L. Sundar USMC • James F. Surch, Jr. USN • Dennis A. Thompson USMC • Thomas P. Thorstad USMC • Stephen D. Tingley USMC • John J. Tishmack USMC • Henry Townsend, Jr. USMC • Lex D. Trahan USMC • Richard Twine USA • Pedro J Valle USMC • Donald H. Vallone, Jr. USMC • Michael R. Wagner USN

• Eric R. Walker USMC • Leonard W. Walker USMC • Eric G. Washington USMC • Obrian Weekes USMC • Kenneth Welch USA • Tandy W. Wells USMC • Steven B. Wentworth USMC • Allen D. Wesley USMC •
Beirut Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
6. Beirut Memorial
The Marines in this picture are practicing for the 2009 Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony.
Lloyd D. West USMC • John R. Weyl USMC • Burton D. Wherland USMC • Dwayne W. Wigglesworth USMC • Rodney J. Williams USMC • Scipio Williams, Jr. USMC • Johnny A. Williamson USMC • Walter E. Wint, Jr. USMC • William E. Winter USMC • John E. Wolfe USMC • Donald E. Woollett USMC • David E. Worley USN • Craig L. Wyche USMC • James G. Yarber USA • Jeffrey D. Young USMC • William A. Zimmerman USMC

John P. Giguere USMC • Jeffery B. Scharver USMC • Jeb F. Seagle USMC • Kenneth V. Welch USA
 
Erected 1986 by the people of Jacksonville, North Carolina.
 
Location. 34° 44.859′ N, 77° 24.875′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, North Carolina, in Onslow County. Marker can be reached from Montford Landing Road near Lejeune Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville NC 28540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Montford Point (a few steps from this marker); Onslow County 9/11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Montford Point (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Operation Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away);
The Other Wall image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
7. The Other Wall
In 1991, the Beirut families added the poem, The Other Wall, written by Robert A. Gannon of Derry, New Hampshire.
Onslow Raid (approx. 1.5 miles away); Edward B. Dudley (approx. 1.5 miles away); New River Aviation Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Camp Lejeune (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
More about this marker. There is a plaque near the marker (see picture below) inscribed with a poem about Jacksonville's Beirut Memorial. The poem, entitled "The Other Wall" and written by R. A. Gannon, reads:

It does not stand in Washington
By others of its kind
In prominence and dignity
With mission clear defined.

It does not list the men who died
That tyranny should cease
But speaks in silent eloquence
Of those who came in peace.

This other wall is solemn white
and cut in simple lines
And it nestles in the splendor
Of the Carolina pines.

And on this wall there are the names
Of men who once had gone
In friendship's name to offer aid
To Beirut, Lebanon.

They did not go as conquerors
To bring a nation down
Or for honor or for glory
Or for praises or renown.

When they landed on that foreign shore
Their
Doris J. Downs Memorial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 21, 2009
8. Doris J. Downs Memorial Plaque
In Memory of
Doris J. Downs
1930 - 2004
The Beirut Memorial's Guiding Light
Chairman, Jacksonville Tree Board
Chairman, Jacksonville Beautification and Appearance Commission
Chairman, Beirut Memorial Advisory Board
Friend of the Corps
Her dedication to service in honoring our Marines, Sailors and Soldiers in the development of the Beirut Memorial united our military and civilian communities. Her noteworthy contributions will have a profound effect on this Community forever.
Semper Fidelis
only thought in mind
Was the safety of its people
And the good of all mankind.

Though they offered only friendship
And freedom's holy breath
They were met with scorn and mockery
And violence and death.

So the story of their glory
Is not of battles fought
But of their love for freedom
Which was so dearly bought.

And their Wall shall stand forever
So long as freedom shines
On the splendor and the glory
Of the Carolina pines.
 
Also see . . .  Beirut Memorial. Information about the Beirut Memorial from the Camp Lejeune Base Visitors page. (Submitted on November 2, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,889 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 3, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   6, 7, 8. submitted on November 2, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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