George Dramis was born September 29, 1964 in
Cape May Court House, New Jersey. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
in September of 1980. After graduation from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot,
Parris Island, South Carolina, he was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force-Pacific
and served with Marine units in the Philippines. He was then sent to Camp
Lejeune, North Carolina, where he was assigned to a battalion landing team as
part of the 2nd Marine Division.
On October 18, 1983 George and his unit, the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit
departed from Morehead City, North Carolina. The unit was on there way to
relieve the 24th MAU in Beirut Lebanon.
October 20, 1983 the unit was diverted to Grenada, and on 25 October, the 22nd
MAU landed on the Beaches of Grenada, in harms way. During this operation George
received a meritorious mast for his bravery in Grenada. By Oct. 31, Operation
Urgent Fury was over and the 22nd MAU backloads from Grenada. They then steam
for Beirut Lebanon.
November 17, 1983 the 22nd MAU relieves the 24th MAU in Beirut. Dramis and
his unit were deployed at the Beirut International Airport as part of the
Multi-National Peace Keeping Force.
In the early morning hours of January 30, the Marine position known to the
Marines as "Bedrock" came under heavy fire, in one of the most fiercest
firefights the Marines had been in. The fighting would last for hours and into
the evening, with the Lt. directing fire from his position, and George by his
As the firefight subdued a lone sniper's bullet struck and killed him.
George Louis Dramis was the last United States Marine to die in Lebanon as part
of the Multi-National Peace Keeping Force. He gave his life in the service of
his Country and his Corps.