U.S. EMBASSY BOMBING - 18th April 1983
- Occurred at about 1300 (1:00 pm Lebanon Time) on April 18th, 1983
- Carried out by a terrorist driving a van, reportedly stolen from the Embassy in June 1982.
- The van carried a 2,000-pound load of explosives, tearing through the front portion of the seven (7) story building.
- Most of the victims were at lunch and were killed by the collapsing building.
- Killed 63 occupants of the building, 17 of whom were Americans.
- One Marine was killed - Corporal Robert V. McMaugh, an embassy guard.
- One journalist was killed - Janet Lee Stevens.
- Several State Department officials were killed, including three USAID employees.
- The entire U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Middle East contingent were killed.
- Several Army trainers were killed.
In Memorium: U.S. victims of Embassy Bombing
- Survivor Anne Dammarell's article on bombing
- United States Agency for International Development - Lebanon
- Central Intelligence Agency Memorial Stars
- CIA Cornerstone Ceremony - reference to memorial remarks for Beirut victims.
Anne Dammarell is a survivor of the US Embassy bombing of 18th April 1983. She was with AID in Beirut and injured in the bombing. She was scheduled to leave post the week after the bombing. She did a master's at Georgetown University and wrote her thesis on the bombing - "Hidden Fear and Helpful Memories: Aftermath of the 1983 Bombing of the United States Embassy in Beirut". In this text, she acknowledged the 17 Americans killed by name as way of honoring them. The State Department library and Georgetown University have a copy of her thesis in case anyone would want to read it. She also worked briefly with the State Department to set up a meeting for the families of those affected by the East African bombings.
For anyone seeking more information, writes Anne:"I found the staff at the Family Liaison Office to be most helpful. Phone: 202-647-1076. They have a genuine interest in helping people and did not have bureaucratic blinders. I mention them since they are within the system and may be able to help you with unanswered questions. I retired in 1988 and am out of the loop."
Marianne Votaw is the daughter of Albert N. Votaw, a victim of the bombing.
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