American troops risk their lives across the globe, even in peacetime.
In the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 1983, 241 U.S. military personnel died during peackeeping efforts in Beirut, Lebanon, when a truck bomb exploded at the building housing Marines.
Ralph Kelly Proffitt of Rockwood was one of the Marines stationed there the day the bombing took place, with the roof collapsing on troops.
“I lost a lot of friends that day that were brothers,” he said last week. “It is just not something you ever forget.