Twenty five years ago today, at about 0620 a truck bomb was detonated at the USMC barracks of the 1st Battalion 8th Marines under the 2nd Marine Division at Beirut International Airport. A few minutes later, a second bomb detonated at the barracks of the French 3rd Company of the 1st Parachute Infantry Regiment. 241 Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers (mostly Marines) were killed and another 60 wounded. The French had 58 fatalities and 15 wounded. A small number of civilians were also killed.
The Armorer has more and better information.
Despite protestations to the contrary, the US forces were withdrawn from the area four months later. This move, probably the biggest error made by President Reagan during his term of office (my opinion) emboldened Hezbollah and other Muslim terrorist organizations and convinced them that the US was a paper tiger that would withdraw from any conflict where US blood was shed. Hezbollah was then, as it is now, heavily supported by the government of Iran.
The ramifications of the attack and response resonate to this day and will for years. Hezbollah and Iran remain serious threats to Israel and the United States. There is more about that here, at Fox News.
A sad and significant day in US history.