Marine Helicopter Comes Under Fire in Beirut, Lebanon
May 5, 1983 in Marine Corps History
On May 5, 1983, a UH-1N helicopter carrying Colonel James Mead, the commander of the American peace-keeping force in Lebanon, was hit by machine-gun fire in Beirut. Colonel Mead and his crew had just taken off in the helicopter to investigate artillery and rocket exchanges between Syrian-backed Druze militiamen and Christian Phalangists that were endangering French members of the multinational peace-keeping force when they came under fire.
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