Ronald Lee Jones

August 29, 2022

On Monday August 29th we lost a proud Beirut veteran, husband, father, papa, and friend. MSgt.  Ronald Jones (retired) passed away after a long tough battle with cancer. He fought every day with everything he had, but sadly this battle was one he could not win.  He went peacefully and is no longer in pain. He was with 1/8th Marines and served the Marine corps proudly for 22 years.  

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John Holzhauer

August 18, 2022

Passed away unexpectedly on August 18, 2022. John was born on July 26th to Marlene Burdick and Gerald Holzhauer in Milwaukee. After attending Wauwatosa East, he proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. John would go on to get married and have two children. John was a wonderful and devoted member of the community.

John was with Bravo Company, Third Platoon, 1/8 24th MAU

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Joseph King

August 8, 2022

Joe KingJoe graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1959 and continued his education at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, earning a Master’s Degree in 1969. He served in the Navy for 32 years, including command at sea in USS CLAUDE V RICKETTS (DDG-5) and USS VIRGINIA (CGN-38) Following his retirement from the Navy, he continued his federal service at the Department of Energy. Once fully retired, he volunteered with the local AARP tax office, assisting individuals with preparing their income tax returns. He was an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and a lifelong Navy lacrosse fan.

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Lawrence Smith, Jr.

August 8, 2022

Lawrence J. Smith, Jr., 59 of Easton, PA died Monday, August 8, 2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital Anderson Campus. Smith was a U.S. Marine with Echo Company BLT 2/8 while in Beirut.

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John E. Selbe

July 29, 2022

10/23/1983 Survivor

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Visitation will be Friday August 5th starting at 10 a.m. at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home in Marmet WV with a funeral immediately after at 11 a.m. Graveside service with full military honors will follow in Marmet Cemetery, Marmet, WV.  Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, WV. 

Doc James Looper

July 29, 2022

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"Doc" James "Jim" Looper, a Beirut Veteran, died last year on March 1, 2021. I was good friends with him and we used to talk on the phone once or twice a year. I did wonder why he didn't call me over this past holiday season but didn't think that much about it. I called him yesterday and although his phone still works, it went to voicemail. I then found out that he had passed away. Jim was with ("Guts") Golf Company, BLT 2/8, 22nd MAU. Jim was a corpsman on site at Checkpoint 76 during the firefight on 04 Dec 1983 when eight Marines were killed. I don't have any photos of Jim, but wish I did. If anyone has any they would be appreciated so we can have an entry for him on the BVA's "Final Muster." Jim did not participate to a great deal with remembrances and reunions, claiming he lived so far away and in isolation in Arkansas. He suspected he was the only living Beirut Veteran in the entire state of Arkansas. He will be sorely missed. - Jeff H

Michael C. Corrigan

June 7, 2022

Michael Corrigan, 60, passed away peacefully at Hospice of Savannah on June 7, 2022. He was a resident of Richmond Hill, Georgia.  Michael was a decorated veteran who served in Beirut, Lebanon and dedicated 11 years of his life to faithful service in the United States Marine Corps.

After serving in Beirut, Lebanon, with the Peacekeeping Force, Michael was assigned to Embassy Security Duty at the United States Embassy in Iceland. At the conclusion of his military career, Michael continued a life in service of others as a volunteer firefighter, EMT and Deputy Sheriff in Northampton County, Virginia.  In his retirement, nothing gave him greater joy than spending time with his granddaughter, Brynja Grace and his Westie, Fearghus.

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Terry Moore

April 28, 2022

Terry Moore, age 59, of Blountville, Tenn., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born August 24, 1962 in Bristol, Va., a son of the late Charlie and Dorothy Vincill Moore. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Mike Moore and Chris Moore.

Terry was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and a member of the VFW Post 2116 of Elizabethton. He was a Lance Corporal when he was discharged from the Marines and served in the Motor T Headquarters Battery and Gulf Battery 3/10. He spent four and a half months in Beirut with BLT 3/8.  One year prior to the bombing that left 241 soldiers dead.

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Barry Alan Davis

April 22, 2022

A Celebration Of Life Gathering For Barry Alan Davis, Age 60, Of Crossville, Tennessee, Was Conducted On Friday, April 22, 2022, From 5:00 PM Until 7:00 PM From The Chapel Of Goff Funeral Home With Full Military Honors Provided By The Veterans Honor Guard. Mr. Davis Was Born On Monday, October 2, 1961, In Springfield, Ohio, To Lonnie Carl Davis Of Monterey, Tennessee, And The Late Anna Sue Garrett Davis. Mr. Davis Passed Away On Monday, April 18, 2022, At The Cumberland Medical Center. Mr. Davis Was A United States Combat Marine Seeing Action In Beirut Serving As A Proud Tanker.

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John D. Kolata

January 27, 2022

Under the orders of President Ronald Reagan John was in command of his embarked Company of the U.S. Marines. That force formed the amphibious assault into the island of Grenada putting down the Soviet backed Cuban force that had overtaken the island. After Grenada the Manitowoc streamed to the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon and landed helos transporting evacuees from the United States Embassy. His naval service ended at Newport, RI, serving as the Station Commander. He retired from the U.S. Navy in December of 1986.

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