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Survivor Of Deadly 1983 Beirut Bombing: 'We Don't Talk About It Much'

Navy hospital corpsman James Edward Brown wasn't far from U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 that were the target of a terrorist attack. At StoryCorps, Brown remembers what he saw that day.
At StoryCorps last month in Pensacola, Fla., Mike Cline, left, interviewed his friend and fellow veteran, James Edward Brown, who survived the deadly 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut. Source: Joseph Vincenza

Editor's note: The story contains some graphic descriptions of injuries that some readers may find disturbing.

On Oct. 23, 1983, Navy hospital corpsman James Edward Brown survived one of the deadliest terrorist attacks on Americans.

When a bomb detonated on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Brown had been at his post in the sick hall on the Marine compound

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