The following is from LCPL John Oliver, USMC (now a SSGT) who was in the BLT building on Oct. 23, 1983 when it was bombed and survived the blast:
Thoughts on Oct. 23, 1997
[14 years later]
LCPL John Oliver, USMC
I would like to thank all those that helped with the rescue efforts
of the BLT Headquarters Building. And to all that have helped in everyway
to keep the memories alive that the Fallen have or will not be forgotten.
I offer this thanks out of gratitude, remorse and guilt. That I did not
do all that I could have. That I have not done all that I should have.
I shall forever remember that day with sadness and the feeling of loss
that can never be replaced. They were not by blood related, but they
were my Brothers. My Family.
Some I looked up to as a father figure... these were the Leaders.
Some I looked to as brothers... these were my closest friends.
All were there with me... all were my family. Marines, Sailors and
Soldiers alike... we came in Peace, yet went home in pieces. One and
all our lives were fragmented in that explosion. Pieces were lost
that will never be rejoined. I can only hope that They have found
the peace that I and others may never know.
Take care and God Bless!