Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler presented Bosun Mate Craig Robinson with the medal at noon on January 16th 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Museum. It was a packed house with over 100 family and guests in attendance.
On October 23rd, 1983, our Marine Corps barracks in Beirut Lebanon was bombed by elements of the Islamic jihad terrorist group. There were 220 Marines, 18 Sailors and 3 Soldiers who died in the blast. Additionally, 128 were also wounded. It was the worst day of casualties for the Marine Corps since the battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.
Bosun Mate Craig Robinson was aboard the USS Iwo Jima(a helicopter carrier) off the coast of Lebanon. At the age of 19, he had just finished basic training and was being transported to his first duty assignment aboard the USS New Jersey. He was not supposed to be there that day. On his “first day in the Navy”, he assisted the medical crew aboard the USS Iwo Jima with the incoming casualties. On the following day, he volunteered to help with the grim recovery efforts at the barracks.
After over 30 years, with the help of Congresswoman Beutler’s office and individuals in the Veterans Administration, Craig was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. We here at the museum were honored to be a part of this medal presentation.