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Sgt David Lee "Top" Battle
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Birth: Jul. 13, 1944
Hubert
Onslow County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 23, 1983, Lebanon

On October 23, 1983, around 6:20 am, a yellow Mercedes-Benz delivery truck drove to Beirut International Airport, where the 1st Battalion 8th Marines, under the U.S. 2nd Marine Division of the United States Marines, had set up its local headquarters.

The truck turned onto an access road leading to the Marines' compound and circled a parking lot. The driver then accelerated and crashed through a barbed wire fence around the parking lot, passed between two sentry posts, crashed through a gate and barreled into the lobby of the Marine headquarters. The Marine sentries at the gate were operating under Rules of Engagement which made it very difficult to respond quickly to the evolving situation. By the time the two sentries had locked, loaded, and shouldered their weapons, the truck was already inside the building's entry way.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives, which were equivalent to 12,000 pounds (about 5,400kg) of TNT. The force of the explosion collapsed the four-story cinder-block building into rubble, crushing many inside. 1stSgt David Lee Battle was one of those casualties. 
 
Inscription:
1stSgt, USMC Lebanon
 
Note: United States Marine Corps. Killed in the terrorist bombing of the United States Marine barracks in Beirut Lebanon on October 23, 1983
 
Burial:
Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery
Hubert
Onslow County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Nov 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16569432
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