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On October 23, 1983, a suicide bomber rammed a truck filled with explosives into barracks housing United States Marines in Beirut, Lebanon. Two hundred forty-one Americans died that day. Among them, Sgt. Mecot Camara. His little sister, Elisa, their family and the small town of Hinton, West Virginia would never be the same. In this moving tribute to her big brother, and all the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, Elisa Camara recounts the life, the loves, and the adventures of an ordinary small town American boy who grew up to become an extraordinary man, a devoted son, husband and father, and, ultimately, a proud United States Marine who gave his life for his country. For Elisa, this is meant to serve not only as a cathartic telling of her brother's amazing story, but also as a reminder of the importance of courage, respect and selflessness--the very qualities that Mecot Camara embodied. That qualities that made him the quintessential American Brother.

American Brother in the Media

31st Beirut Memorial Observance

Mecot Wall Unveiling

Strength & Honor Ride

Mecot Tribute

Mecot's Letters

Dear Neighbor,

    Hello from your neighbor across the sea, in the "Root". How ya doing Roy? Still working twenty-four aday. Hope this letter finds yourself and your family all enjoying the summer.
    Have you did any fishing yet? Did ya get that big one? I know I don't have to tell you how much I miss getting my feet wet in the Ole Greenbrier.
    Well all is going just fine over here. Been here alittle over a month, and still have five to go. Of all my timein the Marine Corp. this has got to be my highlight. I've seen buildings blown up at night, and men are out the next day rebuilding it. The children are the same as everywhere. The play stick ball, tag and hige and go seek. Everytime one see;s a Marine, a big ole smile comes across his or her face. The kids will always remember us.
    The greatest thing I've learned though, is how very, very lucky we as Americans have it. On this the 4th of July I would like to shout Happy Birthday America to all Americans. We should each and everyone be very thankful. I know I am
    Well one of these days we'll get together to go fishing or hunting. I know  we've said it a million times, yet when I get back, we'll do it one day.
    Tell the family I said hello, so long for now.

Your neighbor,
      Mecot
Sgt. USMC
Dear Aunt Katie, 

I pray that this letter finds you in good health and a smile in your heart and on your face.
I just wanted to say thank you for being able to come up to the house, when I was in. As always when you come up to the house your like a happy sight and very much a help. Always fixing meals and going to the store and just being there really me happy. My only regret is that you had to leave so soon, as whenever you leave it's always to soon,
It's ashame when I was younger we didn't live closer together. So as to spend more time together. Yet I will always remember the times we did share, and if I live to be 110 i'll never forget that you and Uncle Joe got me my first fishing pole. There is no way a short letter or even a very long letter say what I truly feel for you. It's not enough but the closest I can come is
I Love You.

I Truly Do
Mecot
Dear Theresa, Ronnie, and Kids,

Hello from the "Root."
All is well here on the eastern front. I hope all is well with you all also. Thank you so very much for the cookies! Still soft even.
Its sunday here today and beautiful. The only way I know its sunday is because my watch says so. We still woke up at 0500 and worked this morning. This afternoon I had to wash my clothes in a sink. Damn sure aint no fun.
No Not any fun at taul. Its really wild this place. Everything there is here you have to jerry rig. the lights the radio, the whole nine yards. I shave out of a pan of cold water every morning. I've got wet clothes strung all over the room. It's great, really great.
Well its time for a alert drill, so I must go do my part for the Corp.

P.S. I loved Christa Drawing, they were great, but your handwriting. HuH.
Tell Ronnie Hi.

Love Ya,
Big Brother
Sgt. Mecot Camara U.S.M.C.