Jacksonville in Onslow County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
who gave their lives in Lebanon
1982 - 1984
May we always remember
those who are ready
to protect our freedom
the people of Jacksonville
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
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
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,
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
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
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. Touch for directions.
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 Operation Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Onslow Raid (approx. 1½ miles away); Edward B. Dudley (approx. 1½ miles away); New River Aviation Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Camp Lejeune (was approx. 4.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ). 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 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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