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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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30 years ago today, 241 Marines lost their lives in Beirut when a terrorist truck bomb took out the marine barracks.

The USS Tarawa and its support ships had left Beirut on October 10th and was in the Indian Ocean headed home.

Many of us were stunned, angry, lost and sure we were headed back.

While we were deployed to Beirut in support of the Marines, many of them came out to the ship for some R&R and I got to meet many of the E6's that took advantage of the E6 mess.

To this day, I'm still angry that we were not sent back.
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Twas a sad day indeed. The sadder part was that we showed no drive or desire to confront terrorism and now today we are in what is called "a global war on terrorism".

The goal has been in part to tie our hands and with our current government the ROEs have ensured that the ability to respond has been stymied at every turn.

As we remember the brave fallen and their families, let us pray that one day we will be able to provide peace.

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30 years ago today, 241 Marines lost their lives in Beirut when a terrorist truck bomb took out the marine barracks.

The USS Tarawa and its support ships had left Beirut on October 10th and was in the Indian Ocean headed home.

Many of us were stunned, angry, lost and sure we were headed back.

While we were deployed to Beirut in support of the Marines, many of them came out to the ship for some R&R and I got to meet many of the E6's that took advantage of the E6 mess.

To this day, I'm still angry that we were not sent back.
Leo, I am sure they loved the well deserved R and R, and you made it so much better for these men. Thank You for helping our brothers when they needed some rest and great company.
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