Their mission in the summer of 1982 was one of peacekeeping in Lebanon. On March 24, 1983 hundreds of soldiers from Camp Lejeune headed into Beirut.
But tragedy would strike seven months later, after a terrorist drove a truck with explosives and destroyed the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines headquarters. It changed America and nearly 300 lives and families forever.
Tuesday, on the 24th anniversary of the bombing, a memorial service was held in Jacksonville. It was a remembrance ceremony filled with prayer and song. It all took place in front of the Beirut Memorial Wall where 273 names are engraved in stone.
The majority of those servicemen were from Camp Lejeune.