|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1961|
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 1983, Lebanon|
Eight Marines were killed during the mortar attack on Dec 4th, 1983. All were members of "Golf" Company,BLT 2/8 of the 22nd MAU. Corp. Biddle was one of them.
The evening of December 4th a reinforced squad of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines , led by Sgt Manuel A. Cox, came under attack while manning an observation post known as Checkpoint 7, south of Beirut International Airport (BIA), near the suburb known as Ash Shuwayfat. 2/8 had arrived in Beirut weeks earlier as part of the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) to relieve 1/8, having been delayed due to their participation in Operation Urgent Fury (invasion of Grenada).
The fighting positions at Checkpoint 7 were on top of two small 2 story buildings; the usable space of the rooftop locations measuring roughly 9'x12' each. The firefight lasted from approximately 1930 that evening until shortly after 2200. During the course of the action Sgt Cox controlled organic fires from 2/8's assets, including small arms, mortars, artillery, 105mm tank main guns, as well as TOW and Dragon ATGMs.
As the firefight progressed other Marines in Cox's squad rushed upstairs to assist their buddies and gain better fields of fire. Shortly after 2200 either a 120mm mortar round or a 122 rocket impacted on the position. Nine Marines were killed, and two others on the roof were wounded. ~ Corp. Karl K. Wittstruck
The American servicemen that lost their lives that day:
Biddle, Shannon D. USMC Corp. Valley Head, AL
Cherman, Sam USMC Corp. Queens, NY
Cox, Manuel A. USMC SGT Union City, NJ
Daugherty, David L. USMC Corp. Eastlake,OH
Evans, Thomas A USMC Corp. Conrad, MT
Hattaway, Jeffrey T USMC PFC Pensacola, FL
Kraft, Todd A USMC Corp. Devils Lake, ND
Lange, Mark A USN LT Fraser, MI
Perkins, Marvin H. USMC Franklin, TN
Lester Homer Biddle (1921 - 1970)
Melba Pauline Hales Fuller (1933 - 2013)
Maintained by: Jimmy Wallace
Originally Created by: Pennsylvania Lady
Record added: Jun 11, 2011
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