I remember August 25, 1982, well. I was one of about 50 reporters standing on a south Beirut beach as the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment came ashore. I still remember Colonel James Meade in the lead amphibious craft. He was a dashing figure; movie star handsome. Meade, a marine aviator, wore a blue pilot’s scarf as he came ashore. It was flapping in the brisk Lebanese coastal wind.
Meade led the 32nd Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU). Lt. Colonel Robert Johnston commanded 2/8 Battalion Landing Team (BLT), the Marines who would actually serve as a peace keeping force based out of Beirut International Airport.…Read on