23 Oct '13, 3pm

Echoing through history: The lessons of Beirut remain relevant today: On a quiet Sunday morning in Beiru... #navy

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — On a quiet Sunday morning in Beirut, Lebanon, 30 years ago, a truck laden with explosives careened toward the barracks housing U.S. Marines on a peacekeeping mission. The explosion that followed, the largest non-nuclear bomb in history up to that point, leveled the building and killed 241 American troops, including 220 Marines. That horrific dawn on Oct. 23, 1983, ushered in a new era of international terrorism. The lessons learned at such high cost — about vigilance, lax standards, drinking on a dangerous deployment, security, preparation and a very different kind of enemy — remain relevant to this day as U.S. Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen continue to fight in Afghanistan, remain on alert in the volatile Middle East and Africa, and confront terrorism around the world. Indeed, some of those lessons apply to the home front as well, reflected in ...

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