35 years ago, on October 23, 1983 241 US Service personnel were killed in the Beirut Bombing. 220 of those were Marines, the deadliest attack on U.S. marines since the battle of Iwo Jima.
Mike Hunt’s brother was at the compound when the suicide bomber struck. He survived but it took his family two days to be notified.
“We thought he was dead, most of them were. But he wasn’t, we got the report that said he had a skull fracture.” said Hunt.
Hunt’s brother would later die due to a heart attack, but his memory and the memory of those lost is carried on by Mike every October 23, when he goes to teach at school.
“Everybody wants to be a Marine, everybody wants to be the guy dressed in blues… it’s not all glitz and glamour, there’s a lot of things that go with that too.”