Warrior Wednesday: PFC Nathaniel G. Dorsey #NeverForgotten


PFC Nathanial G. “Nate” Dorsey

May 24, 1963 to Oct. 23, 1983

Photo provided by family and posted on Find A Grave by Karl and Lisa Wittstruck.

Photo provided by family and posted on Find A Grave by Karl and Lisa Wittstruck.

PFC Dorsey was part of the multi-national peace keeping force stationed in Beirut, Lebanon from 1982-1984.

On Oct. 23, 1983, a dump truck packed with an estimated 12,000 pounds (5,400 kg) of explosives crashed through the front gates of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The detonation ripped the four-story building from its foundation, and the barracks imploded in a matter of seconds. The 241 Marines and sailors killed in the explosion represented the largest loss of life in a single day for the Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. Within moments of the attack, a second suicide bomber drove into the barracks of a French paratrooper detachment in West Beirut. The explosion toppled the building, and 58 soldiers inside were killed.

For more information about the barracks attack visit britannica.com.

Some say this was the beginning of the War on Terror.

If any of the information I’ve shared is incorrect or you have something to add, please comment or contact me through the link in the top menu or button on the bottom right of your screen. Verification of facts are always welcome.

The protagonist of my WID (Work in Development) is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.