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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas World HerAldZHtiftf October Texas families await news of Marines THI ASSOCIATED MESS fama of the Texas faniiUes of Marines stationed In Beirut waited anxiously but fearfully for a third day for news of husbands and while others exulted over hearing their boys were safe and at least two families learned the Ttan McMahon of Austin and Lance John Douflas Caasar of El Campo were among the more than 200 servicemen killed when a suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives into the American command post at the Lebanon airport In West Barbara Estes watched television in hopes of catching a glimpse of her Lance Danny who went to Beirut in Ive just been trying to catch pictures on she said But Im not going to I was In shock after I heard the news about the When I heard the knock and opened the door and saw the man In I was afraid he would say Lorenzo was mother be satisfied until I talk to Estes visited his family before shipping out to the Middle Estes said told her I dont care if they court martial if they start shooting at you run like As a she he wrote home I never knew I could run so But I knew he wouldnt she Harold Montgomery of Austin adopted the attitude of no news good news as he waited for word of his 19yearold Montgomery and his wife were Jwt pid dling around the I trying to stay he two more Marines got kfflod over This is really Navy corpsman Lorenzo Almanza of El Paso wrote his sister in the letter received After anxious hours of Almanxas and his two Frances and had learned he was Injured but alive I was in shock after I heard the news about the his mother said When I heard the knock and opened the door and saw the man In I was afraid he would say Lorenso was I just stood I didnt say a I just When he said Lorenso was I was She learned from commander of El Pasos Naval Reserve that her son had suffered pelvic and leg injuries in the blast and had been evacuated to the Army hospital in When she called the hospital at 2 she chief administrator Richard Swengel said her son would undergo surgery for the second time in a few I am still worried because I know hes she But Swengle said he would be OK and will be coming back to the United States in about five Jean Phares of Nederland said Tuesday that her Marine Lance Marcus was stationed in but she was not sure exactly She said that when he called three weeks he told her that he was not permitted to divulge his exact He did tell her the place was dry and sandy and the All I want is a phone call that Im Phares Its just waiting and not and now Im paranoid of car They said on TV that they would come to your door if the news was she I just keep looking through the curtains to see a military Dorothy Coleman of Dallas says she has not lost hope even though her Army 4 Marcus is listed as I have a lot of fear but I havent given up said I just dont believe its supposed to be like Parents share double agony of waiting By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS While hundreds of parents awaiting news of their servicemen sons this the pain of uncertainty has been But two families have faced a double torment each with two uniformed sons in hostile one whose fate was On Maines rocky Etta Kathleen Wilcox knew Tuesday that her son David had been wounded in the Marine bombing in But three days after the terrorist she still had no word of whether Davids younger brother also stationed in the Lebanese capital had Seven hundred miles in rural western Orlando and Janice Valore had learned that their son Terrance was also injured in Lebanon But they feared that his elder brother was headed for the fighting in My wounded Marine if it wasnt tor he wouldnt be Valore He enlisted because he was unemployed and the boys have nowhere to go except the Ive got to go through this whole thing said I want my older son out of I feel my family has given I get up early and put the TV the first said of at the northeastern tip of Maines Then I go around the Its all you can do or go Wilcox heard of Davids in reported to include fractured ribs and cuts and when two Marines knocked on the door of the family home Monday The My wounded Marine if it wasnt for unem he wouldnt be He enlisted because he was unem ployed and the boys have nowhere to go except the Janice Valore Ive got to go through this whole thing I want my older son out of I feel my family has given Orlando Valore 20yearold corporal was reported to be in stable and fair she But authorities had no word on her 19yearold a lance corporal who had sailed for Lebanon from Camp just two months ago on the same ship as his The Marine messengers told Wilcox they hadnt been aware that she had another son in The next she she telephoned Olympia Snowes office and received assurances that staffers were trying to track down Wilcox said she hadnt spoken to David but Id like The waiting has made her third 17yearold a nervous she The high school junior also plans a military she Hes going Air CHMETMN PLO haadqusften MIXED LEBANESE PALESTINIAN BEIRUT INTL AIRPORT LEBANON Refugee camps SI Caribbean Sea BARBADOS VINCENT AND f THE GRENADINES GRENADA 0 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO White House shows events leading to Grenada invasion Waiting Two families await the fate of their sons who are stationed in Beirut and in Marines in Beirut were bombed Sunday at their station at the Beirut Marines invaded Grenada late WASHINGTON AP Asked at a White House party where the host Nancy Reagan non that the president was at a The to preview a television program about drug abuse hosted by the first And up President Reagan conferred in the yellow Oval Room with key leaders of It was Monday and Reagan was telling Speaker of the House Thomas ONeill Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker and other senior congressional leaders that Marines and Army Rangers were only hours away from invading Two hours he made the final decision to send the troops on the predawn military capping a series of top secret conferences that began in the middle of last Last Vice President George Bush chaired a late afternoon meeting in the situation room in the White House to review the grave turn of events and to con sider their implications for the American citizens on the Secretary of State George Shultz After receiving a report from that called one day after Grenadas prime Maurice had been killed in a coup Reagan decided to divert several ships to the seas around They had been on their way to Lebanon carrying replacements for the Marines stationed On the president left Washington for a longplanned golfing weekend in ac companied by a golfing part and by Robert the new assistant to the president for national security Shultz was awakened at Saturday and given a message from the capital of relaying the request of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States that the United States take part More worries Americans anxious about medical students attending school in Grenada in an invasion of He consulted with and about threequarters of an hour he spoke by telephone to Bush and other key national security advisers who were meeting in By Reagan had been Clad in a he conferred with Shultz and At 9 Reagan spoke by telephone with the participants in another national security meeting chaired by Bush at the White Shultz said consideration had been given to Reagans returning to Washington Saturday said the secretary of it was decided that if the United States was going to take part in the the element of secrecy should be maintained and if there was a sudden change in the presidents it would obviously call great attention to that The president spent the day in his golfing interrupted by an armed intruder who crashed through a gate of the Augusta National Golf at Reagan was awakened with news of the bombing attack that killed more than 200 Marines and Navy men in A decision was made to return to the White On the president met from until with the Joint Chiefs of in what had been listed as a routine At the he made a semi final military decision to Shultz By 6 the decision was final and Reagan signed an order directing that the operation the secretary of state The president was up at telephoning his From he headed for the White House press briefing room and a live appearance on television and radio to announce that the invasion was under By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fear for Americans on Grenada prompted one relative to label the invasion outrageous as a medical team on the island recounted waking to the boom of gunfire and the sight of a submerged helicopter in the tropical waters outside their Charles chancellor of the GMrfes University Medical where most Americans on Grenada said the invasion of the small Caribbean island was very A husbandwife medical who live about two miles from the Grenada airport where fierce fighting occurred Tuesday after Marines landed on the said they saw most of the battle from their They were awakened this morning by the rapid fire of machine guns and small arms and also the sound of helicopters flying overhead right at said Fred Day of Puerto a family friend of Carter a and his a who described the fighting by Carter and Charlotte both are able to see this helicopter that is partially submerged in the Day said in a telephone in explaining that the couple are from and work for the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board in They said when they MW the airplanes and Micopters they realized the hundreds of man they saw dropping down were Day The he were shocked by the events but never felt any threat or danger in the attack or in the coup that took place last in Bay Tuesday for said the schools officials received no word from the Reagan ad ministration that troops were among the invading Lee whose 25yearold son Richard is a said shes especially worried about the boys The East woman said she last heard from her son At this I just want to hear from she said They must want to be doctors vary Amateur radio operator watches battle near home PORT WORTH AP According to ham radio operators monitoring reports an amateur radio operator in Grenada watched as Marinas and Grenadian forces battled earn other for a beach just below his Dan formerly of West Mid the Marinas and Army Rangers Ml amaH baaed below his home about a fort Worth Ha MM kt could still hear small arms and helicopter gunships hit W9T9 HMMUtGCfd in Fart Worth by amateur radio operator i and local Civil Defense emergency management officials Ben Byers and Fred the Fort Worth Titognm All attempted without success to make contact with Atkinson to offer but could not because of the dosens of other stations making contact seeking news of and the medical school at Atkinson said he could not ate why the United invaded the small Caribbean island because the students were in no serious danger at Things were proceeding He said about 10 percent of the rtudents at the George Medical School had indicated they wanted to leave the School officials told him they would not penalise any students that left the island because of the Atkinson Atkinson said several fourengine aircraft with unidentified markings had made repeated flights over the I can still see sniper fire at the which was about 1H milas from his he About Atkinson said he fould see two gunships circling overhead and watched as they sprayed palm trees with He said the Marine and Ranger invasion is going to bt met by conaidsrable Shortly before he said he had just seen one helicopter gunship shot Just offshore he said he could see a hospital It will have a good company of patients before they get not a I hope the people that started this know what they ware he told one stateside amateur radio operator He said American troops wore the only anas oaths inland Grenada asks United Nations for help UNITED NATIONS AP Grenada asked the Security Council early today to condemn the invasion by nearly Marines and Army paratroopers of its The special session ran for hours before it was adjourned at 1 tt It was scheduled to resume this afternoon with consideration of a resolution introduced by Guyana that would have the Security Council condemn the armed in tervention in Grenada and call for the Un mediato withdrawal of the invading troops from that Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick defended the saying it was necessary to help preserve democracy on the Caribbean island Ian deputy chief of Grenadas complained of the action Tuesday and said We must ask this council to express Its strongest because if we do not do what is happening to Grenada will happen to somebody We have reports of many he said Several hundred many of them civilian have been killed as a result of the attack that has been bunched by the United Nobody should be surprised that it is the United States that is in the forefront of the attack on Jacobs It is very he weat tad
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