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10-22-02, 08:46 AM
RICHLANDS -- As he sits in a rocking chair on the porch of his home in Richlands, Charles G. Hall gets a distant look in his eyes. He begins to speak in a low and even tone.

"A lot of good people died that day," he says, recalling Oct. 23, 1983.

Hall, a retired Marine Corps staff sergeant, saw what happened at 6:20 a.m. Beirut time when 241 servicemen -- most attached to Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station -- lost their lives when a terrorist detonated a truck loaded with 12,000 pounds of explosives at the headquarters of 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment attached to the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit. They were on a peacekeeping mission.

Hall can never forget. He doesn't want anyone else to either.