This poignant, intensely personal, film will chronicle the United States Marines presence and operations in Beirut, Lebanon from 1982 to 1984.
This project is dedicated to the members of the United States military who made the ultimate sacrifice in Lebanon between 1982 and 1984, their Gold Star families and surviving comrades-in-arms, as well as the United States Foreign Service, Multinational Force members, and our Lebanese allies.
From rarely discussed deadly firefights to the terrorist bombing that took 241 lives - the single deadliest attack on American Marines since the Battle of Iwo Jima - this film will feature those who served, political and military decision makers, and the journalists who documented the chaotic state of affairs in the region.
My apologies as the target date for the completion of WE CAME IN PEACE must be pushed to a date later than the original target of October 23, 2023, the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps Battalion Landing Team 1/8 Headquarters and French paratrooper detachment barracks terrorist bombings in Beirut, Lebanon. Telling the story of a multiyear, multinational mission set in the most religiously and politically complex region of the world (a story that includes modern day "Pearl Harbor" style terrorist attacks) has proven to be much more complex than first imagined. Your patience is appreciated as the Marine stories of the Beirut mission continue to be recorded, revealed, preserved and woven together to create this important documentary. Thank you for understanding and your continued support of this project, Michael Ivey.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation in support of
WE CAME IN PEACE to the American Brother Foundation, www.americanbrotherfoundation.org , a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in honor of Sgt. Mecot Camara, one of the 220 Marines killed in the October 23, 1983 Beirut Bombing.
40th Anniversary of the U.S. Embassy Bombing in Beirut
On April 18, 2023 the Marine Corps Security Headquarters building on Marine Corps Base Quantico was dedicated and named for Cpl. Robert V. McMaugh. The ceremony marked the 40th Anniversary of the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, in which Cpl. McMaugh was killed in the explosion.
By Sara W. Bock
Scuttlebutt Ep 58: “We Came In Peace” Talking About Beirut And Making A Documentary
40th Remembrance of the Beirut Bombing
By Dave Hardin
40 years after Beirut: How the bombing still haunts the Corps today
By Irene Loewenson
Serving Our Veterans & Military Families
The First Duty Is To Remember
Photos/Video courtesy: Michael Cerniglia, US Department of Defense, Ronald Reagan Library, USMC, AP Photo/Zouki, AP Photo/Bill Foley, Danny Joy and The National Archives.
Special thanks to: Jake Schneider, Mark T. Hacala, Jeff Hamman, Richard Truman, Myron Kyle, and Don "Gunny" Inns.