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A total of 241 American peacekeepers -- marines, sailors and soldiers -- were killed when the terrorists launched their war on America by attacking the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. A suicide bomber drove a truck filled with 12,000 pounds of explosives into a U.S. Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut International Airport. The explosion killed 220 Marines, 18 sailors and 3 soldiers. It was the largest loss of life in a single day for the Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.
The Massachusetts Marines who died that day were:
LCpl Bradley J. Campus, Lynn (1962 - 1983)
LCpl Michael J. Devlin, Westwood (1962 - 1983)
Sgt Major Frederick B. Douglass, Cataumet (1936 - 1983)
Cpl Sean R. Gallagher, North Andover (1962 - 1983)
Sgt Edward J. Gargano, Quincy (1962 - 1984)
Cpl Richard J. Gordon, Somerville (1961 - 1983)
Cpt Michael S. Haskell, Westborough (1950 - 1983)
Sgt Steven B. LaRiviere, Chicopee (1961 - 1983)
LCpl Thomas S. Perron, Whitinsville (1964 - 1983)
Chris Devlin, mother of 21-year-old son Michael, honored her son and the other 8 fallen heroes, by working tirelessly to raise the funds and get the support needed to create the Massachusetts Beirut Memorial adjacent to the playground in Christopher Columbus Park.
The Massachusetts Beirut Memorial was dedicated in 1992. Since then, it has served as a place for quiet reflection and thoughtful remembrance for families, friends and those who served with these nine local heroes. Just as importantly, it stands as a reminder to all of us that young Americans continue to serve in harm’s way and, if called upon, will make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.