Cpl. Robert V. McMaugh
Robert V. McMaugh
Marine Security Guard Detachment
US Embassy: Beruit, Lebenon
He was manning Post No. 1 in the main lobby when killed by the explosion
- Purple Heart
- Marine Security Guard Ribbon
- National Defense Ribbon
|Parents:||Earl & Annie McMaugh|
|Brothers:||Michael "Mike" McMaugh|
|Sister:||Theresa McMaugh, Cherie Jones|
|Date Passed:||April 18, 1983|
|Place of internment:||Arlington National Cometary (26 April 1983)|
|I ATTENDED MSG SCHOOL
WITH CPL MCMAUGH , I
REMEMBER HIM AS A MARINE WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, IN FACT HE ONCE
JOKINGLY SAID IF HE WERE TO BE KILLED ON POST HE WANTED A HALL NAMED
AFTER HIM SO THAT IT WOULD RHYME "MCMAUGH HALL".
IF I CAN RECALL CORRECTLY WE ALSO SENT A FORMER VIETNAM VET SGT LIGHT TO BEIRUT ALONG WITH CPL MCMAUGH AND HE WAS CREDITED WITH PULLING SEVERAL MARINES AND CIVILIANS OUT OF THE RUBBLE EVEN THOUGH HE WAS INJURED HIMSELF.
I HAVE FOUR NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS WHICH I KEPT OVER THE YEARS 2 ARE PHOTOS AND 2 ARE CARTOONS DEPICTING THE EMBASSY BOMBING, I ALSO HAVE THE ORIGINAL TELETYPE MESSAGE WHICH I RECEIVED ON POST TELLING OF THE BOMBING (THAT I'LL HAVE TO LOOK FOR) AT ANY RATE IF YOU CAN USE THESE ITEMS I'LL BE GLAD TO SEND THEM TO YOU.......PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE AND HOW....SEMPER FI .......CPL. NELSON MARTINEZ
|SGT CHARLES LIGHT AND
MYSELF, CPL BRIAN
KORN, UNCOVERED CPL ROBERT V. MCMAUGH A COUPLE DAYS AFTER THE EMBASSY
WAS BOMBED ON APRIL 18TH 1983.
IT WAS A BAD SITUATION. WHERE POST # 1 USE TO BE WAS NOTHING BUT A PILE OF RUBBLE THAT SGT.LIGHT AND MYSELF DUG THROUGH TO GET HIM OUT OF. IT LITERALLY TOOK ALL I HAD TO PULL HIM OUT OF THE RUBBLE.
CPL MCMAUGH WAS A VERY GOOD AND DEDICATED MARINE TO DO WHAT WE ALL DO ON EMBASSY DUTY. HE HAD A VERY GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR. IN FACT ROBERT AND MYSELF RAN AROUND TOGETHER MOST OF THE TIME. AS A MATTER OF FACT ROBERT AND I, WERE HANGING OUT IN THE MARINE BAR THE NIGHT BEFORE THE BOMBING, BECAUSE I, HAD JUST BEEN RELIEVED OFF POST # 1 AT 2300 HRS (ON THE 17TH). I TOOK THE ELEVATOR UP TO THE 6TH FLOOR OF THE EMBASSY WHERE MOST OF THE MARINES LIVED. WHILE WALKING PAST THE MARINE BAR ROBERT YELLED AT ME AND ASKED ME IF I, WANTED TO SHOOT A COUPLE GAMES OF DARTS BEFORE HE HAD TO GET SOME SLEEP BEFORE HE STOOD WATCH IN THE MORNING.
BRIAN K. KORN
From: Anna Medvecky
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 11:12 PM
Subject: A tidbit about CPL ROBERT V McMAUGH USMC
|Nelson Martinez wrote:
I ATTENDED MSG SCHOOL WITH CPL MCMAUGH , I REMEMBER HIM AS A MARINE WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, IN FACT HE ONCE JOKINGLY SAID IF HE WERE TO BE KILLED ON POST HE WANTED A HALL NAMED AFTER HIM SO THAT IT WOULD RHYME "MCMAUGH HALL".
This certainly sounds like something that Bobby would say. As a matter of fact the American Legion Post 10 in Manassas, Virginia is dedicated to Bobby. And in the main hall, his uncle had a wonderful portrait painted of Bobby in uniform.........so he does indeed have his "McMaugh Hall". Their website is www.americanlegionpost10.com/main%20page.htm and they have another one at www.postten.8m.com Bobby was a friend of mine for at least
11 years. His family and my family were very close. I am still in contact with his father Earl McMaugh, his sister Theresa Hassan and his brother Mike McMaugh. His mother, Annie died last year.
Over the winter holiday, I took a trip north Virginia to visit my family, during that time I finally went back to Arlington Cemetery. It took me 12 years to finally get the courage up to visit his resting place. Although my experiences with Bobby are very different than yours, he is sorely missed. A few days before the embassy bombing he made some calls home.
Everyone in my family got to talk to him except for me cause I was away at college. The same thing happened to his mom, when he called home she was out. As soon as I found out the terrible news, I came home. I remember being over at their house when the Marines came to discuss the arrangements.
My Dad was sitting arm in arm with Bobby's mom Annie.
I try not to remember that too much. I try to remember things like the time that Bobby kissed me in the lunch line in the 5th grade. And good times that his family and mine had on joint campouts along with countless picnics and cookouts. We did attend different high schools but I made it home a couple of times to watch him kick field goals for Osbourn High School. We were friends and he had that sense of humor with that hilarious laugh of his. Heck, you could crack up just listening to his laugh.
I have a lot of material on him. Newspaper clippings from the Washington Post and the local papers from Manassas. I would be happy to send them along, just let me know how and where.
"A man is not dead, till he is forgotten"
House Commission on Remembrance
|They came in peace