2014-10-30 / Naval Community

Beirut Marines Honored

The 31st anniversary of the Marine barracks terrorist bombing in Beirut was commemorated on Oct. 23 at the Portsmouth Historical Society’s East Main Road location. The lives of the nine Rhode Island Marines killed in the attack were celebrated by family, friends and their fellow Marines.

A Marine Corps Color Guard presented the colors and Musician First Class (MU1) Dan Smith delighted the assembled crowd with an, a cappella rendition of the national anthem.

Bristol, native and U.S. Naval War College staff member LTC Matt Palma, USMC, was the guest speaker. He delivered an inspirational and uplifting speech about the price of freedom and the commitment to honor, duty, courage and fidelity that Marines carry with them everyday. Family members were called forward to place red carnations on the memorial wreath that will grace the outdoor memorial at the Historical Society.

The ceremonies concluded with a solemn wreath laying and the playing of taps.

–Jack Kelly

Sergeant Timothy Giblin
Corporal Rick R. Crudale
Corporal Edward S. Iacovino Jr.
Corporal David C. Massa
Corporal Thomas A. Shipp
Corporal Edward Soares Jr.
Corporal James F. Silvia
Corporal Stephen E. Spencer
Lance Corporal Thomas A. Julian

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