The situation in Beirut, which the Marines called "The Root," was incredibly complex with evolving rules of engagement. The situation became increasingly destabilized in late 1983. One week after the Charlie Company casualty evacuation, the USMC Headquarters was hit by a truck bomb that collapsed the building and killed 241 US service personnel.
Among those killed was USMC Sgt. Val Lewis, whose final resting place is in the Marietta National Cemetery, Section B Grave 1111-B. We encourage all guests to visit the Marietta National Cemetery to honor the sacrifice of those like Sgt. Lewis who have selflessly served their country over the generations.
Ultimately the USMC was withdrawn from the peacekeeping mission in 1984. The episode is often overlooked in modern history, but was a hard first lesson in what ultimately became the Global War on Terror.