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Nevada County Army vet demands coverage of Beirut bombing anniversary

The 30th anniversary of the Beirut barracks bombing, which caused 241 American servicemen to lose their lives, arrived without much media coverage — and one local man is not happy about it.

Western Nevada County resident Lee Womack said the lack of coverage in the media is disappointing, given the massive loss of American lives 30 years ago.

"We should honor them," he said.

Womack is a veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a helicopter gunner.

On Oct. 23,1983, during the Lebanese civil war, two truck bombs were placed and detonated in two separate buildings housing members of the United States and French military forces as part of a multinational force in Lebanon.

The blasts killed 220 Marines, making the incident the deadliest single-day death toll for the armed services branch since World War II's Battle of Iwo Jima.

It was the deadliest single-day death toll for the U.S. military since the Vietnam War Tet Offensive.

The incident eventually led to the withdrawal of the international peacekeeping force from Lebanon.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.