Beirut Memorial - Jacksonville, NC
N 34° 44.859 W 077° 24.865
18S E 278983 N 3847714
Quick Description: The Beirut Memorial is located in a small park in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 7/14/2011 8:05:20 PM
Waymark Code: WMC1K1
This memorial was placed in honor of the Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers who gave their lives in Lebanon from 1982-1984. It consists of a wall with the names of the servicemen who were killed and a statue of a Marine with his rifle. The inscription on the wall portion of the memorial reads: "THEY CAME IN PEACE"
Smithsonian Art Inventory Description: "A large granite wall inscribed with the names of 273 U.S. service members who were killed in Beirut, Lebanon on Oct. 23, 1983 when a suicide bomber drove a truck filled with explosives into the Marine headquarters building. The granite wall is broken in the middle with a depiction of the bombed headquarters building. And on a [pedestal] in the center is a sculpture of a Marine holding his [rifle]."
TITLE: Beirut Memorial
ARTIST(S): Abbe Godwin
DATE: Memorial dedicated Oct. 23, 1986. Statue dedicated Oct. 22, 1988.
MEDIUM: White granite.
CONTROL NUMBER: IAS 71500628
Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]
Located near the gate to Camp Johnson, next to Camp Lejeune at the corner of Lejeune Boulevard and Montford Landing Road in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
DIFFERENCES NOTED BETWEEN THE INVENTORY LISTING AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS AND RESEARCH:
There are a couple of misspellings in the Smithsonian description: (1) "pedstal" should be "pedestal" and (2) "rife" should be "rifle".
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