142. 10/23/1983

"…on October 23, 1983, six months and five days after the American embassy bombing [in Beirut, Lebanon]–the United States suffered its worst peacetime military loss ever. A suicide driver drove a truck filled with explosives through the front door of a building [in Beirut] the marines had converted into a barracks. Two hundred and forty-one troops were killed. A French barracks was also destroyed by a truck bomb, killing fifty-eight."

 – See No Evil, Robert Baer, 10/23/1983

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