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Introduction
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Title
Wyche USMC Beirut Barracks Bombing
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Town, State
Ossining, NY
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ID #
1913
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Compilation Date (Initial)
September 29, 2009
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Compilation Date (Latest)
September 29, 2009
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Site Worked Last
April 04, 2013
Description
Craig L. Wyche, Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps, whom this memorial recalls and honors, was killed in a terrorist attack on the USMC Barracks, October 23, 1983, Beirut, Lebanon. An Ossining High School, New York, student and graduate with interests in athletics -- like football, basketball, wrestling – and music, Wyche (1964-1983) was on assignment at the First Battalion, 8th Marine Headquarters, Beirut, part of an international peacekeeping mission. In the first-light, early hours of Sunday, the 23rd, a terrorist in a truck carrying the equivalent of 12,000 lbs. of TNT crashed through a barricade surrounding the barracks, situated near the city’s airport; the suicide bomber/driver plunged the truck into the building’s lobby, detonated its explosives and the four-story building collapsed, crushing its occupants. (Sound familiar?) Despite rescue efforts lasting several days, 241 Americans died, 220 of them USMC members, one member being LCpl Craig Wyche. Some, in retrospect, observe that this devastating event might mark the start of U.S. vs. Terrorism. • Core components of the memorial honoring LCpl Wyche are a weeping cherry tree and a near-by, ground-embedded plaque, containing a carved inscription of remembrance. • The memorial is situated on the Highland Avenue side of Ossining High School, toward the northern end of its campus on the slopping front lawn. Wyche was a 1982 graduate, and he and his family were residents of Ossining. It is estimated the memorial was dedicated in 1984.
Content
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Self-sacrifice
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War Dead or those Serving and Dying
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Military
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African-American/African
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Terrorist Wars|Conflict(s)
Design
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1.)
Terrestrial
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Inscription/Text Design
Parallel
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Earthworks
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Landscaping
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Average (life-size)
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Not applicable
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Inscribed/lettered on tablet
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Text available, all
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Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2700-715.1, 2700-715.2, 2700-715.3, 2700-715.4, 2700-715.5
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Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
Yes
11.1)
Parallel Description
Tablet/Plaque
11.2)
Parallel Preservation
Good
11.3)
Parallel Scale Inscription/Text
Average (life-size)
12)
Designers
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Not Applicable
Setting
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1)
Park/Garden/Lawn/Field
2)
Land (elevation/depression) , Open Space
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
4 Satisfactory
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
4 Satisfactory
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
4 Satisfactory
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
5 Good
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
5 Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
4.4 Satisfactory (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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1983
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Not Entered
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Not Entered
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Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government
Themes
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MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
School Settings
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
P & M: After 1914
Demography
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1)
File Number
20
2)
Town/City
Ossining
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County
Westchester
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District
Intentionally Blank
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State
NY
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Zip
10562
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Country
United States
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Latitude (GPS)
41.1606120000
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Longitude (GPS)
-73.8605880000
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Intersecting Street 1
South Highland Ave
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Intersecting Street 2
Ellis Pl
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Additional Identifier 1
Ossining High School
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Additional Identifier 2
15)
Terrestrial
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Government, Local
17)
1974-2000
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Compilation Date (Initial)
September 29, 2009
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
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Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
SITE MAINTENANCE and SPONSOR: Local government -- Ossining High School, Ossining NY
SOURCES: Marcela Rojas, "Marines Slain in Beirut honored," The Journal News, October 20, 2003; "Mama Jones Reminds Us What Memorial Day is All About," Westchester Rising, June 1, 2012; "1983 Beirut Barracks Bombing," retrieved, Wikipedia, 12/5/2011.
DEMOGRAPHY: High school address: 29 S. Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562



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