On this day in 1983: Operation Urgent Fury

The Grenada Invasion is, of course, a date worthy of remembrance for Brad and me. It is getting to be a long time ago. Here are some random photos. Click to enlarge.

A sign painted by Grenadians near St. George’s.

Rangers of the 2nd Battalion parachute on to Pt. Salines.

President Reagan gets an early morning update from the Joint Chiefs.

Security check point near Point Salines

Aircraft of the 82nd Airborne at the west end of the runway at Pt. Salines.

Prisoners near Limes.

Prepping Calvigny Barracks for assault.

Blackhawk over Queen’s Park.

Prisoners near Pearls.

Dead Grenadian soldier near BTR-60 at True Blue.

President Reagan greets wounded service members from Grenada and Lebanon

Paratroopers leave Grenada.

The story of Urgent Fury is here.

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20 Responses to On this day in 1983: Operation Urgent Fury

  1. notamobster says:

    Thank you Gents for stopping the spread of evil.

  2. MadBrad says:

    Who could have guessed that this would be the last hot battle of the Cold War and yet 27 years later we are still fighting Communism?

  3. MadBrad says:

    As long as we are sharing photos…

    (Photo by Eddie Adams)

    Check out the stone cold gaze of the highly trained 19 year-old killer on the left, as he cradles his M16/M203 Grenade Launcher and a cigarette.

  4. R. D. Walker says:

    Or the stunning good looks of Mr. Cavalry here…

  5. R.D. Walker says:

    When you come looking for us in Memphis, be forewarned, Brad and I don’t look like these photos anymore. There has been a lot of water under the bridge since 1983.

  6. MadBrad says:

    Now HERE’s a photo, the likes of which you may never see again…

  7. R.D. Walker says:

    Yeah, I am guessing the Rebel Battle Flag is now considered toxic in the Army.

  8. notamobster says:

    These are awesome shots…show us more.

    It’s wierd to see your service in a new uniform. There’s RD in vietnam era olive drab, Brad in woodland camo, which I wore at the turn of the century. Now the Air Force wears digital tiger stripes. It makes me feel old.

  9. R.D. Walker says:

    I went to war 27 years ago. That sounds to my ear like I should be talking about Vietnam or something.

    My platoon sergeant and first sergeant in Grenada were Vietnam vets. Hell, I think all the platoon sergeants in my troop were.

  10. sortahwitte says:

    Thank you gentlemen for your service. My brother who stood next to me shall ALWAYS be my brother. God bless the USA.

  11. 95FLTC says:

    God Bless us all.

    Cav rules….

  12. BaconNeggs says:

    RD, Madbrad and all those who offered the ultimate sacrifice to Liberate Grenada from Maxist-Communist Thugs, thank you.

  13. MadBrad says:

    B&E, if not for the Grenadian People it would have been a lot worse. God bless Grenada.

  14. dechalkn 508 parchute inf grunt forever says:

    Made meny good friends miss being a paratroop great history.

  15. Ronnie Prince says:

    I was in Grenada Operation Urgent Fury with the Panthers 3rd Brigade 1/505th Infantry 82 Airborne

  16. david wofford says:

    i was there 3/325 csc/company 82nd airborne

  17. MadBrad says:

    Damn Dave, I started out in the Scout Platoon, CSC 3/325. I was there at the end of the reign of 1st Sergeant Charo and the beginning of the Top Dudley era. I went to War with Alphatraz though.

  18. Fred Vanderbeek says:

    We were instilled with an appreciation of our Constitution and it’s values growing up – while the USSR existed, and executed horrors around the globe, spraying poor Afghanistan people with yellow rain, beheading people in Angola, on & on. So many are so clueless about that time period, and the poor El Salvador kids who came to Ft Bragg for training back then, and the things their families, and them, had suffered by the Sandinistas.

    When someone at home, for years afterwards would rant and rave about ‘the U.S. turned poor kids into Contra killing machines’ because some kook journalist said so – a few times I’d mention a few words got dirty evil looks – and they’d never been anywhere or seen anything – except their tv set – and their psychosis – all the socialists all went bezerk because President Reagan didn’t tell anyone we were stopping them that day in October – THANK GOD FOR THAT –

    Then Clinton came along signed NAFTA stock market crashed and there’s some guy in the White House who’s dad was Frank Marshall Davis – with no Record of Live Birth Certificate – and I’m sitting here remembering the inside of that house on the hill towards the west end of the Point Salinas airstrip with the phony I.D. & passport machine… and a few years ago a nest of Russian moles were pretending to be bankers and had complete histories of phony schools they attended, towns they grew up in… and that – was just one ‘bunch’ they caught –

    Paranoid is a word for socialists and people who see things that aren’t there. They lay in bed at night figuring out ways to make the free world hate capitalism and banks.

  19. notamobster says:

    The hyphen isn’t a substitute for paragraphs… (I edited your comment – for better paragraph structure only).

    • Fred Vanderbeek says:

      Thank you, I wrote way too much and afterward had considered trying to delete / edit it. I left on 1 November, I remember seeing that Rebel flag. Every President we’ve had since Reagan has been a sociopath NWO puppet. Communist China paid for Clinton’s campaign, 1st thing he did was close down bases, claiming he ‘created’ a surplus of money (right outta thin air voila!) and blew it all / stock market crashed 6 months before he left office then came Bush / depression / admins etc hate our Constitution. Seeing the pictures you posted after all these years here is far more than a walk down memory lane.
      Our country would not be divided if public officials adhered to the Constitution like the men in these pictures.
      I realize too, that over 99% of public officials today couldn’t pass the military entrance exam and they think the word Airborne means something about chemtrails. You don’t have to post this, it’s long winded I just want to say thank so very much for this site

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