34 years after the Bombing in Beirut, LCpl Matt Gospodinovich recounts that day

LCpl Matthew “Gospo” Gospodinovich
Charlie Battery, 1/10
Beirut, Lebanon 1983
Beirut
October 23, 1983
Beirut Memorial
Camp Lejeune, NC
Beirut Memorial
Camp Lejeune, NC

Matt “Gospo” Gospdinovich was an artillery Marine with “Charlie” Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines and was part of a Quick-Reaction-Force that responded to the Marine Barracks at the Beirut International Airport on October 23, 1983.

Gospo talks about about the 24th MAU’s (Marine Amphibious Unit) deployment to Beirut that started in May of 1983 when they arrived at the Beirut International Airport.  He walks us through patrolling outside the airport, watching the USS New Jersey fire and the events of that day.

Matt also talks about “living with” the events of that day, the fact that there was no mental health treatment during that period of our history, his panic attacks and how he’s dealt with it through the VA and how social media played a part in his healing all these years later.

A PROGRAM RECOMMENDATION: The Road to 9/11 (The History Channel)

Mike Musselman told me a while ago that I should watch “The Road to 9/11” which was running on The History Channel.

“If you think you hate Don Rumfeld now, wait til you see this show” Mike told me on the air about a month ago.  Here are a few audio cuts and some commentary about them.  Mike was right, I needed to watch the program which features prominent member of the Bush and Clinton Administrations and members of the CIA and FBI.

Highly credible, highly sourced and riveting.

News Headlines, VP Pence from Pennsylvania & John Ubaldi from Tampa

Shanksville, PA
John Ubaldi
MGySgt USMC (ret)
Founder, The Ubaldi Reports

On the sixteen anniversary of the attacks in New York City and  Washington D.C. we’ll talk about it.  We listen to Vice-President Mike Pence from Shanksville in Pennsylvania and we’ll talk to John Ubaldi, MGySgt USMC (ret) talk about how the war has changed so many lives.

We’ll also get an update of John Ubaldi on conditions in the Tampa area as Hurricane IRMA has moved through.

LEADERSHIP & WHAT’S NEW AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS: Rusty Blackman, LtGen USMC (ret)

Rusty Blackman
LtGen USMC (ret)
President & CEO
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Rusty Blackman joins us to talk leadership and what’s new and exciting at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.  Rusty walks us through the new Medal of Honor Theater, the expansion of the Museum that will be completed in 2018 as well as the visit of the President of South Korea on his first official trip to the United States to pay his respects to the Marine Corps who evacuated his family from the vicinity of the Chosin Reservior in during the Korean War.

LtGen Blackman also discuss how the NMMC has exceeded the expectations of those who envisioned it by becoming a sacred place for Marines to gather.  A GREAT DISCUSSION with the leader of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

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