WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S.Rep. Greg Murphy, who represents Carteret County and much of eastern North Carolina in Congress, visited the Beirut Barracks Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery Friday ahead of the 38th anniversary of the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon Oct. 23, 1983.
The bombing resulted in the death of 241 Americans and 68 French personnel. The majority of the 241 Americans killed in the bombing came from 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division based at of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The bombing marked the single greatest loss of life for the U.S. Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
In a press release, Rep. Murphy, R-N.C., said he was honored and proud to visit the memorial alongside two of his staff members, U.S. Marine Col. Raymond Celeste Jr. and U.S. Marine Capt. Kevin Ryan, who served in the Beirut Battalion from 2015 to 2016.
“It was an absolute honor to pay my respects to these fallen heroes, especially alongside a Marine who served with the Beirut Battalion,” Rep. Murphy stated. “We will never forget these courageous heroes who selflessly gave their lives in service to help people they never met.
“On the 38th anniversary of the Beirut bombing, I ask everyone to join me in praying for the families of these fallen patriots, and to always remember our fallen veterans who have sacrificed everything to keep our nation safe,” he continued. “I was deeply moved by my visit today, and look forward to paying my respects at the Beirut Memorial in Jacksonville in the near future. God bless all of our U.S. service members and their families.”