Glenn E. Dolphin

February 24, 1958 - February 19, 2017

February 19, 2017

Glenn Dolphin

On Sunday February 19, 2017 one of our Marine Brothers and a long standing Board Member of the Beirut Veterans of America passed away. 

Glenn Dolphin served as a 1st LT in the role of Asst Communications Officer for HQ 24th MAU during its deployment in Beirut from May to November of 1983. He authored an account of his experience in Beirut in a book titled 24 MAU 1983. In the book he shared his heart, humor, and commitment to duty. 

As with all of those who have graced our paths and paved the way for others to enjoy our freedom, we will miss Glenn's presence with us. We will pick up his banner and carry on the mission to remember all our fallen Brothers.

We have sent our condolences to Glenn's family on behalf of the BVA. You can find more information about the services for him and his life at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/aikenstandard/obituary.aspx?pid=184198177.

Semper Fi,

The BVA Officers and Board

Glenn Dolphin

James W. Ponder

August 13 ,1962 - February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017

James Ponder passed away in his home in Richmond, Indiana on Wednesday January 15, 2017.

Jim served in Beirut with the 32nd MAU in 1982. He was attached to HMM-262. For Beirut, he was awarded the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, a Sea Service Deployment Medal and a Humanitarian Service Medal. He served from 1980-1992. Ponder was a lifetime member of the BVA.

James Ponder

Nelson L. Bywaters

January 9,1950 - February 4, 2017

February 4, 2017

Nelson Bywaters

MGySgt Nelson Bywaters USMC (ret) passed away on Saturday evening February 4, 2017.

Bywaters served in Beirut, Lebanon with the 22nd MAU as a member of the Shore Party unit, commonly known as "Red Patches". Before Lebanon, he alson participated in the invasion of Grenada in 1983.

MGySgt Bywaters made a career of the U.S. Marin Corps, serving from May 4, 1968 to 30 October 1995.

Nelson Bywaters

Joseph F. Covella Jr.

September 2 ,1954 - January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017

SSgt Joe Covella, Jr USMC (Ret) passed away on Tuesday January 24, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Joe served in Beirut, Lebanon with BLT 2/8 and also participated in the 1983 invasion of Grenada. During his service in the Marine Corps, he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon with one Star. Over his lifetime, Covella had been a member of the Beirut Veterans of America and Marine Corps League.

Joseph Covella