1984  Panel 9 of 9

Panel 9

Apr 8 1984 - Marines from BLT 3/8 with 24th MAU arrive in Beirut to provide relief in place for the external security force protecting the US Embassy and Ambassador.

May - June 1984 - Marine Combat Engineers from BLT 3/8 improve bunkers and barriers protecting against reported threats to the US/UK Embassy compound.

Sep 20 1984 - At 1140 at the relocated American Embassy Annex in East Beirut a suicide bomber attempted to drive a van into the complex and was shot before he could enter. Losing control 10 yards shy of the building the bomb detonated and killed 24 people including two Americans. This attack led to the closing of the US Embassy in Beirut for the next 20 years.