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SEMPER FIDELIS, HARD CHARGERS

We have three primary goals for the project:

We believe that after almost 35 years since the tragic attack on the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon it is time (and past due) that the story of the Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers who served as part of the MNF from 82-84 make its way to the big screen and cement our much deserved place in American – and World Cinematic History.  Your donation helps!  Click on image at left to make a donation.

One event has brought us ALL – collectively – to this place in American History and we ALL share the same emotional scars and tears, and we seek closure. By inviting all of you to our small “Root” community to be a part of this film effort, we remind America – and the World – as to why “Our First Duty is to Remember”. Our website and film will answer that question for generations to come. There is strength in numbers and we need your support.

Be the link to other sites, individuals, and/or resources to strengthen one another and continue our legacy as told in our own voice.

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The Creatives behind this website and upcoming feature film were both part of this historic event and are compelled by the need to illuminate the lives and experiences of those who were there.

This is an interactive website so please feel free to click on any image or link.  Management.

Semper Fidelis for LIFE!

Our Fundraising perks have been ordered so expect to receive them late December or early January.

 

Check out the video “Marines of Beirut” below.

The Project

/ What TCIP241 Means /

23 October 1983 – A day that will remain part of American history.  A day when the strength, resolve and compassion of the United States Marine Corps was challenged.  A day when America proved it’s moral character in the face of extreme terrorism.

TCIP – They Came In Peace.  The story of the heroic Marines who fought and died in Beirut, Lebanon as part of the Multinational Peacekeeping Forces from 1982 – 1984. The Marines remained steadfast in their commitment to helping the citizens of Beirut. 

241 – This number represents the 220 Marines, 18 Sailors, and 3 Soldiers (241) who made the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful day.  Our purpose is to create a website experience and resources that honor the lives of these American heroes.

In the words of one President: “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world.  But, the Marines don’t have that problem.” – Ronald Reagan

THE TEAM

Service to Country and Corps: As a 20-year old L/Cpl attached to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Kevin Jiggetts arrived in Beirut, Lebanon via the U.S.S. Austin. He survived the horrific events of October 23, 1983.  He was on the 3rd deck of the Battalion Landing Team (BLT) building when COWARDS murdered 241 of his best friends. Of the five Marines living in his room, he was the only survivor.

 

Details

  • Served Honorably in USMC 1981-1985
  • MOS: 2531 Field Radio Operator attached to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, H&S Co., Comm Plt.
  • *** Survived terrorist bombing of Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon (10.23.83)
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Joint Services Achievement, Combat Action, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct, Marine Corps Expeditionary, and Sea Service Deployment
  • Holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Business from Grantham University / Cum Laude
  • Occupation: Actor (25yrs) More than 100 verified credits in Theater, TV and Film.
  • Author: Stop Your F#cking Whining.
  • Member: SAG AFTRA AEA in good standing

Dedoceo Habi (formerly Corporal Wayne E. McCoy) was onboard the USS Iwo Jima, LPH-2 as part of the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) at the time of the attack. He attended to the wounded Marines that were brought onboard the ship by (along with many other Marines and Sailors) providing medical support by changing IV’s and comfort to the injured. After the wounded were attended to he volunteered to go back to the BLT area to retrieve any other personal effects or remains.

Details

  • Served Honorably in USMC 1981-1985
  • MOS: 6413 Comm/Nav Technician attached from HMM-162 MAG-29 New River Air Station
  • Witnessed the terrorist bombing of Marine Barracks (10.23.83), helped the wounded, and volunteered for recovery detail
  • Awards: Combat Action, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct, Marine Corps Expeditionary, and Sea Service Deployment
  • Holds an Associates Degree in Film and a Bachelors of Science degree in Entertainment Business from The Los Angeles Film School / Summa Cum Laude
  • Occupation: Obsessed with creative efforts that integrate film, website, and social media marketing
  • Successfully completed a multiple of PSA’s, films, promotionals, and website projects

"The first years after the attack I was in complete denial and hoping to wake up from the nightmare. Coming to terms with our loss was a tough road. As an Actor I’ve been approached by numerous Beirut Family members about developing a screenplay. Writing it was difficult and I depended on the youthful memories of the many Brothers that are etched in my psyche forever. They are my inspiration."

- Kevin Jiggetts

"I've spent the last thirty-five years of my life running away from the memories of Beirut and denying my reality. No more. Now, I'll spend the rest of my life embracing those events and the many Brothers I've been running from."

- Dedoceo Habi