Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Slickville Marine leads lawsuit against Iran

For programmer Craig

It was Oct. 23, 1983, when the largest non-nuclear explosion ever detonated sent Marine Lance Cpl. Terry Valore, of Slickville in Westmoreland County, flying into a wall as his barracks disintegrated around him in Beirut, Lebanon.

Valore was a member of the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit, which was part of a multinational United Nations peacekeeping force assigned to Lebanon when Hezbollah terrorists, backed by Iran, drove a truck filled with explosives past a Marine checkpoint. They crashed the truck into the barracks, killing 241 Marines, soldiers and airmen.

Nearly 24 years later, Volare could be on the verge of payback.

The former Marine, who was burned over 90 percent of his body, said, "it's been a long, tough road" to get to this point.

He is lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic of Iran. In March, a U.S. District Court judge in Washington entered a judgment against Iran that could allow Valore and relatives of Marines killed in the attack to recover damages...more

1 comment:

programmer craig said...

Thanks so much for posting this, Serendip! Where did you find this story? I haven't heard of this court case up until now! I recall the ruling that found the Islamic Republic to be liable, but I wasn't aware that anyone had filed suit. God speed to them, it's been a long time!