Editor's note: This story contains some graphic descriptions of injuries that some readers may find disturbing. On Oct. 23, 1983, Navy hospital corpsman James Edward Brown survived one of the deadliest terrorist attacks on Americans. When a bomb detonated at the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Brown was at his post in the sick hall on the Marine compound — about 200 yards away. At the time, 1,800 Marines were stationed in the city during the Lebanese Civil War. On a visit to StoryCorps last...
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