From John Nash:
My name is Gysgt John W Nash. I have been sending you my personal
information to join me up on this Beirut Connection. Would you please
respond to this email so I will know I am reaching you. I am currently
stationed in Okinawa, Japan and would like to get in touch with some
fellow Beirut Vets prior to the 14th anniversary bombing. I was there
during the 23 October bombing, I would like to communicate with some
fellow "Vets". Please Respond. Respectfully, John W Nash, "Semper-fi"
NOTE: John, I tried responding and sending e-mail (unsuccessfully) to at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
At this point, I have no way of reaching you other than if you happen to read this. Do you have an alternate e-mail address?
First of all, "Thanks" a million for this web site on the Beirut Bombing. It really means a lot to me! It seems like there aren't too many us survivors still in the Corps. I am writing to see if I can get an update on the unit awards that were awarded to the servicemen who served in Beirut or off the shores of Beirut from 1982 -1985. I was with MSSG-24, 22nd MAU during the October 23rd Bombing. My unit was deployed from April 1983 to Dec 1983. I deployed two more times with MSSG-24 in 1984 and 1985. I feel very fortunate to have survived the Beirut tradgedy that struck us on Oct 23rd, 1983. The biggest question I have is, why weren't we awarded a Multi National and Peacekeeping Medal? After all, isn't that what we were sent there to do and isn't that why 241 servicemen were killed in their sleep? I feel we owe it to those who died as a rememberence to them, I feel this should have been the first medal awarded. Were weren't even awarded any type of Humanitarian Medal? Supposedly, the President of the United States was going to meet us at Paige field located on Camp Lejeune and award us the Presidential Unit Citation, well he never showed, nor have we received the ribbon. October 23rd is approaching us very soon, I wish I could leave Okinawa to be at the memorial. It would be great seeing you all again. I will be thinking of all of you and especially the families who lost their loved ones almost 14 years ago. My prayers are with you all. Thanks so much for this Beirut connection. Semper-Fi! - Gysgt John W Nash -
NOTE: John referred to this contact area as a Beirut connection. To make a distinction, there is an official organization called the Beirut Connection, formed for support of families of those killed. See: ORGANIZATIONS on this site.