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Operation "Urgent Fury"

In 1983, on the island of Grenada, a vicious take over within the government resulted in the murder of Maurice Bishop who was the prime minister. Several other members of his cabinet were also killed by the revolutionary army. Because of the turmoil and chaos, the United States, along with neighboring Carribean states, invaded Grenada on October 25, 1983.

The goal of the operations was to oust the People's Revolutionary Government to restore order within the government and to protect U.S. citizens living on Grenada.

Under the orders of President Ronald Reagan, the Marines, the Army Rangers, Navy Seals, the Navy, and the 82nd Airborne were sent to Grenada to fulfill the objectives of the operation.

When the first heliborne landings occurred, the People's Revolutionary Army commenced an attack on our marines at Pearls. As the conflict began, the Army Rangers secured the airport runway at Salines. The Army Rangers faced serious fire while jumping 500 feet from aircrafts which attempted to avoid the fierce shooting by the People's Revolutionary Army.

Once the Army Rangers had secured the runway and had added 800 more troops to their fighting team, they headed northward to rescue the medical students and regain control of St. George. By the end of the first day, the rangers had secured the True Blue campus at St. George Medical Center and the Salines runway. The first day of the mission cost the lives of 5 rangers and 6 wounded.

Throughout the first night, reinforcements were brought in to assist in gaining control of the island. With the assistence from the Navy ship Independence, the marines and army rangers captured the governor's residence. This operation resulted in freeding several civilians and the governor-general of Grenada, Sir Paul Scoon.

Over the next few days, the fighting continued as Navy Seals, Army Rangers, Marines, and the Navy worked together to secure the 133 square miles island of Grenada. By Nov. 2nd, the objectives were met and the hostilities ended.

While this conflict lasted only a few days, our military lost 18 service members, with 116 wounded. The result of the conflict restored peace again. It also evacuated 599 Americans and 80 foreign nationals.

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