Beirut Memorial - Jacksonville, NC
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N 34° 44.859 W 077° 24.865
18S E 278983 N 3847714
The Beirut Memorial is located in a small park in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Waymark Code: WMC1K1
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 07/14/2011
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn
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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.


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.

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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