"THE FIRST BATTLE AGAINST TERRORISM"
News Release for Beirut Veterans:
What an awesome time we all had catching up with all you fellow Marines last week. I know I needed that time there at the wall. Being busy still catching up on work here, I just wanted to get you these pic's. I approached most of you folks on the board and asked if anybody had ever rec'd these photos I sent. Nobody remembers getting them. I had my office email them to me while in Jaxville for the reunion and showed a few folks in and around the hotel. One family identified one of the Marines as their son/brother....they were saddened and excited at the same time.
This film was in a camera that survived the bombing. I had the film developed and there were 5 photos taken the day before at the USO show. I personally don't know any of these Marines, but certainly recognize many by face. I don't have the original negatives of these so I took a picture of these pictures with a digital camera (of course they are not as good) and had copies made to send to the family of Marine GnySgt Donald W. Hildreth. They are almost 100% pos. it is him in the foreground of the picture the one holding the 7up can and looks like he might have a dip in his mouth.
I had these put on a disc, and this is what am attaching to you. Maybe you can post these somewhere for the people to look at and maybe to ID some of them for us. This would have been their last photos taken for most.
May God bless you and your family
I will stay in touch. Even though I have only been a member for a year now..Thanks for your dedicated service.
Bryan Westrick (L/CPL in Beirut) CPL U.S.M.C. 24th MAU, MSSG-24 Comm Plt, MARS Station Operator
Web master's note:
These photos are posted here