Dickson, Bobby, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0231-Intelligence Specialist
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Primary Unit
1984-1985, 8156, MSG Detachment San Salvador, El Salvador
Service Years
1978 - 1985

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Casualty Date
Jun 19, 1985
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Terrorist Attack
El Salvador
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Location of Interment
Sunset Memorial Park - Northport, Alabama
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  1985, GWOT Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1978, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 1059
 Unit Assignments
1st Marine Division, I MEFMarine Security Guard (MSG)
  1979-1983, 0231, G-2, 1st Marine Division
  1983-1984, MSG Detachment Guatemala City, Guatemala
  1984-1985, 8156, MSG Detachment San Salvador, El Salvador
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1985-1985 Cold War Incident - Zona Rosa Attacks (El Salvador)
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Last Known Activity
SSgt Dickson was killed by an El Salvador Terror Cell called the "Mardoqueo Cruz" urban commando of PRTC. FMLN defended the attack in a communiqué. In a subsequent trial, three people were tried and convicted. Two other trials were instituted for the same attack.
One of them did not reach the sentencing stage, since the accused was amnestied; in the other, sentence has yet to be passed on the accused.
SSgt Dickson,was an off-duty Marine assigned to the Marine Security Guard Detachment in San Salvador. He was killed by terrorists armed with automatic weapons at a cafe. At around 9 p.m. on June 19, 1985, in an area of San Salvador known as the "Zona Rosa" where there are many restaurants, a group of armed men opened fire on a group of United States marines. The assailants were members of the Partido Revolucionario de Trabajadores Centroamericanos (PRTC), one of the organizations in FMLN. The marines, who were serving as security guards at the United States Embassy in San Salvador, were in civilian clothing and were unarmed. Four U.S. Marines and 2 American businessmen are among 13 people killed in a machine gun attack. The "Mardoqueo Cruz" urban commando of PRTC claimed responsibility for the killings; FMLN defended the attack in a communiqué. In a subsequent trial, three people were tried and convicted.

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