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  • Monument Name

    Lebanon Peace Keeping Force, Mooresville

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Other Wars

  • City

    Mooresville

  • County

    Iredell

  • Description

    The Lebanon Peace Keeping Force monument is a large rectangular block of granite standing roughly seven feet tall. Near the top is a large bronze “Eagle, Globe and Anchor” emblem of the Marine Corps. Beneath this emblem is the inscription plaque. At the top of this plaque from left to right appear the Marine Corps emblem, crossed American Flags and the United States Navy emblem. The plaque is 30 inches wide by 18 inches high.

    Images: Plaque

  • Inscription

    “LEAST WE FORGET THAT PEACE HAS A PRICE” / IN MEMORIAL TO OUR MARINES AND SAILORS OF / THE MULTI-NATIONAL PEACE KEEPING FORCE / LEBANON – 1983 – 1984 / NORTH CAROLINA SEMPER FIDELIS /

    [Left column] 1 ST SGT. D.L. BATTLE / HUBERT / SGT. RICHARD BLANKENSHIP / FAYETTEVILLE / LCPL. BOBBY BUCHANNAN / MIDWAY PARK / SGT. CHARLES COOK / ADVANCE / CPL. JOHNNY COPELAND / BURLINGTON / MAJ. ANDREW DAVIS / JACKSONVILLE / CPL. STEVEN FORRESTER / JACKSONVILLE / [Center column] SSGT. LELAND GANN / CAMP LEJEUNE / LCPL. DAVID GAY / JACKSONVILLE / SSGT. HAROLD GHUMN / JACKSONVILLE / LCPL. WILLIAM HART / JACKSONVILLE / GYSGT. MATILDE HERNANDEZ / MIDWAY PARK / CPL. STANLEY HESTER / RALEIGH / 2 ND LT. DONALD LOSEY / WINSTON SALEM /

    [Right column] LCPL. TIMOTHY MCNEELY / MOORESVILLE / SGT. MICHAEL MERCER / VALE / LCPL. RONALD MEURER / JACKSONVILLE / CPL. HARRY MYERS / WHITTLER / CPL. RAY PAGE / ERWIN / IS-1 MICHAEL WAGNER / ZEBULON / CPL. JOHNNY WILLIAMSON / ASHEBORO

  • Custodian

    City of Mooresville

  • Dedication Date

    May 1985

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.582350 , -80.813160 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Skutnick, Melina. “Monument's Future Worries Soldier’s Family,” Leaterneck.com, http://www.leatherneck.com, (accessed July 28, 2016) Link

      “Blowup In Beirut: U.S. Marines Peacekeeping Mission Turns Deadly,” Historynet, http://www.historynet.com, (accessed July 27, 2016) Link

      “McNeely, Timothy, LCpl.,” TogetherWeServed.com, marines.togetherweserved.com, (accessed July 28, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite

  • Subject Notes

    This memorial was placed in honor of Lance Corporal Timothy McNeely, a Mooresville native and one of 241 United States Marines and Seamen killed on October 23, 1983 when a terrorist truck bomb destroyed their four-story barracks building. This was the largest loss of life in a single action since the Vietnam War and the worst act of terrorism against Americans up to that time. The Marines were intended to be a buffer between factions in an ongoing civil war but became a target themselves. The peace-keeping mission lasted from August 1982 until August 1984 with a total loss of 268 dead and hundreds wounded.

  • Controversies

    In 2008, plans to move the monument to the Mooresville War Memorial Center were reversed when the family of Lance Corporal McNeely objected to the move.

  • Location

    The memorial is located in John Franklin Moore Park which is a long narrow, triangle patch between South Main and South Broad streets where they intersect with East and West Center Avenues at the historic train depot. A short distance from this memorial is a memorial plaque to John Franklin Moore for whom Mooresville was named.

  • Landscape

    The memorial marker stands on the lawn, with bushes and seasonal greenery on the South Main street side and a rail track on the South Broad street side.

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