October 23nd marks 30 years since more than 200 United States military members were killed during a barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon.
At the time, Maine native Gary Lawyerson was a recruiter for the Marines.
“I had put in approximately 100 kids. Leading up to the bombing, I had in excess of 20 kids over there,” said Lawyerson.
Two people with connections to Maine died in the blast.
The recruiter said, “You’re used to the casualties and all that, but this was a big one.”
Lawyerson said it’s hard to believe it’s been three decades since that day.
He remembers telling families their marine had died. “When I stop to think of it, the kids I put in the service would have been retired now and some of them have retired.”
The Beirut bombing was a brutal attack that is often overlooked in the history books, but those close to the marines say it stays with you.
“If you had anything to do with the bombing you don’t forget it. It stays there. If you do things, you do it in your own private way. You never let it go unnoticed,” said Lawyerson.
Governor LePage says the Beirut bombing is the deadliest attacked on Americans on foreign soil since Iwo Jima in 1945.