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40 years after Beirut: How the bombing still haunts the Corps today

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At ceremonial mess nights, Marines toast to those who came before them: to the Marines who served in the Revolutionary War and Grenada and Afghanistan and everything in between, retired Marine Col. Chuck Dallachie said.

Everything, that is, except for Beirut, in Dallachie’s experience.

“Because it was a mistake,” said ­Dallachie, who served there in 1983. “The Marine Corps does not celebrate mistakes.”

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