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The 1983 Beirut Barracks Bombing 40 Years Later

Hosted By: National Museum of American Jewish Military History (NMAJMH - Washington, DC)

Remember the 40th anniversary of the tragic 1983 Beirut barracks bombing with Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff.

On October 23, 1983, a suicide driver detonated two bombs at buildings in Beirut, Lebanon, housing American and French service members. 241 U.S. military personnel were killed. U.S. Navy Chaplain Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff was there and immediately began helping wounded Marines. In order to wipe away blood and dirt, Resnicoff had used his own kippa. Catholic Chaplain Father George Pucciarelli, seeing Rabbi Resnicoff without his head covered, tore off the top piece of his Marine camouflage cap, and brought it over to Resnicoff to wear.

This spirit of interfaith cooperation is at the foundation of the military chaplaincy and it continues to inspire Rabbi Resnicoff. His report of the attack and its aftermath, written at the request of the White House, was read as a keynote speech by President Ronald Reagan.

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