Members of the Marine Corp League, Tri-State Detachment 494 will gather at the Beirut Memorial on Ohio 616 in Struthers at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 to remember those whose lives were lost in the 1983 bombing. A special service will be held and several wreaths will be laid to pay tribute.
“It is to remember those who lost their lives while in the service of their country,” said Detachment 494 member Joe Caruso of Canfield.
He said every Memorial Day and in October, the detachment sets aside a day to remember. The actual bombing took place on Oct. 23, 1983 when one of two vehicle suicide bombs struck the housing of U.S. Marine troops. Caruso said 241 were killed that included 220 Marines, 18 Navy, and three Army personnel.
“It was the deadliest single-day death toll for Marine Corp servicemen since Iwo Jima,” Caruso said.
To remember the lives lost that day, Caruso said members of the local detachment gather and are joined by the public for the ceremony. He said the Johnson family from Stuthers are always among those attending. The parents Edward and Mary Ann Johnson, lost their son Ed in the attack. Each event the couple show up to place a wreath in his honor.
Detachment 494 has 154 members of which most are from the Town Crier coverage area. Most will be in attendance dressed in the Marine Corp League uniforms. Caruso said everyone is invited to join them on Oct. 16 for the ceremony, which will be less than a half hour in duration.
“It’s all about remembering and honoring those we lost that day,” Caruso said.