October 13, 1983, President Ronald Wilson Regan was made aware of situations in Grenada.
There was a Prime Minister named Bernard Coard, who was a known communist and was backed by the Grenadian Army.
October 13, 1983 Reagan was made aware of possible trouble in Grenada. Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard, had deposed Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and established military rule. Six days later, Bishop was murdered.
Bishop had been taking his time making Grenada wholly socialist. He encouraged private-sector development to make the island a popular tourist destination.
Reagan was most concerned by the presence of Cuban construction workers and military personnel building a 10,000-foot airstrip on Grenada.
Bishop claimed the purpose of the airstrip was to allow commercial jets to land. President Reagan believed its purpose was to allow military transport planes loaded with arms from Cuba to be transferred to Central American insurgents.
There was also the security of the 800 American medical students enrolled at St. George’s School of Medicine. There was violence and anarchy with martial law and a shoot-on-sight curfew in effect in Grenada.
Reagan was joined by many of his advisers, in believing that the rescue of American students was justification for an invasion.
October 23, a suicide bomber drove a truck into a U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.
The force of the explosion ripped the building from its foundation. Damn near all the occupants were crushed or trapped inside the ruble.
The bomb, produced the largest non-nuclear blast on record, as it exploded a with the force of 12,000 pounds and killed 241 Marines.
October 25, U.S. Marines invaded Grenada, where they encountered unexpected heavy anti-aircraft fire and ground resistance by the Cuban soldiers. In two days they subdued the air and ground forces…
Reagan’s credibility was bolstered by what the 5,000-strong Americans invading force found on the island. Which was a cache of weapons that could arm 10,000 men — automatic rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers, anti-aircraft guns, howitzers, cannons, armored vehicles and coastal patrol boats.
Out of 800 Cubans, 59 were killed, 25 were wounded, the rest were returned to Havana upon surrender. 45 Grenadians died, and 337 were wounded.
America also suffered casualties, as there were 19 dead and 119 wounded. Also the medical students came home unharmed.
For Reagan, Grenada was an unmitigated success a defeat of communism and Castro. Also a warning to the marxist in Nicaragua.
Fortunately for Reagan, by the time of the 1984 election, the Grenada success replaced the bitter memory of the massacre at Lebanon.
Isaac J. Hall II