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The Invasion of Grenada - Operation Urgent Fury
( October 23- November 21, 1983)

On October 13, 1983, the Army of Grenada, a small nation in the Caribbean, seized power in a bloody coup led by former Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard. Supported by Cuba, the coup d'état deeply concerned neighboring nations as well as the  administration of President Ronald Reagan. Almost 1,000 Americans attended medical school in Grenada which added to United States' concerns.

President Reagan's confrontation of Communism provided a convenient excuse to eliminate a leftist government and confront Castro's forces. 0n October 23, 1983, America suffered a terrible blow in the Middle East when a Muslim suicide bomber destroyed the Marine Barracks in Beirut, killing 240 U.S. Marines.

Two days later, on the morning of October 25, 1983, the United States invaded the island of Grenada, with an initial assault of about 1,200 troops. Stiff resistance from the Grenadian and Cuban troops forced several days of heavy combat, with U.S. troop strength steadily increasing. When U.S. forces grew to nearly 7,000, defensive forces surrendered or fled. Scattered fighting continued for several weeks, but by December, U.S. forces were returning home leaving behind a pro-American government.

History of Grenda from Wikipedia

World Fact Book - Grenada information published by the C.I.A.

Operation Urgent Fury from the Naval Historical Center

Night Stalker Memorial


Old Glory     Honor Roll of U.S. Military Personnel Who Sacrificed Their Lives in Grenada      Old Glory


U.S. Army Army

Sgt. Randy Cline
1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

SSgt. Gary L. Epps
82nd Airborne Division

Sp4 Philip S. Grenier
2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

Sgt. Kevin J. Lannon
2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

Capt. P. J. Lucas
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)

Sgt. Sean P. Luketina
82nd Airborne Division

PFC Marlin R. Maynard
1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

Sgt. Mark A. Rademacher
1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

Capt. Michael F. Ritz
82nd Airborne Division

PFC Russell L. Robinson
1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

Sgt. Stephen E. Slater
2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

Sp4 Mark O. Yamane
1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment


U.S. Navy Navy

MM1 Kenneth Gary Butcher

QM1 Kevin P. Lundberg

HT1Stephen L. Morris

ENCS Robert R. Schamberger


U.S. Marine Corps Marines

Maj. John P. Giguere
22nd Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU)

1st Lt. Jeffrey R. Scharver
22nd Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU)

Capt. Jed F. Seagle
22nd Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU)


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