Jason Davis Recounts Beirut Experience on 30th Anniversary of Bombing

Updated: 10/24/2013 8:09 AM
Created: 10/23/2013 6:09 PM
By: Heidi Enninga

Thirty years have passed since a suicide bombing in Beirut killed hundreds of Americans.

About 300 people were killed that day including 241 U.S. service members. The attack was the deadliest single-day for U.S. Marines since the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII.

Four of those killed were Minnesota Marines. Two of those marines, John Tishmack and Thomas Lamb, are buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. John Olson is buried in Sabin, Minnesota. Kevin Custard is buried in Virginia. Another Minnesota Marine, John Downing, took his own life days after the attack. He is also buried at Fort Snelling.

Jason Davis reported for 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in Beirut for a week after the bombing, and he sat down with KSTP's Naomi Pescovitz to recount some of his memories from his time in the war-torn region.

Watch the full interview above, or click here to watch video from one of his original reports.

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