operation just cause

OPERATION JUST CAUSE (1989)
A Talent For Adventure
By Andrew Croft
Moondrop to Gascony
By Anne Marie Walters
OPERATION JUST CAUSE (1989)
Shortly after taking office in 1988, President George H. W. Bush announced that the United States would no longer continue its support of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, a known drug trafficker. In response to economic sanctions, Noriega declared that a state of war existed between Panama and the United States. On the night of December 19, 1988, Navy SEALS, Army Rangers and other combat elements launched airborne and seaborne invasions to capture and depose Manuel Noriega code named Operation Just Cause. In a prepared speech to the nation the following day, President Bush outlined the reasons for the military action:​
  • To safeguard American citizens living in Panama​
  • To defend democracy and human rights in Panama​
  • To combat drug trafficking in Panama​
  • To protect the integrity of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties that established the neutrality of the Panama Canal Zone.​
The largest military action since the Vietnam War, more than 50,000 troops supported by more than 300 aircraft participated in the action that successfully captured Noriega and accomplished the remainder of its objectives in a two-week period. Sporadic but bitter fighting resulted in 23 Americans Killed in Action and 325 wounded. Two Navy SEALS earned the Navy Cross in that action and THIRTEEN members of the multi-branch force were awarded Silver Stars.​
  1. NIGHTSTALKERS Owens, Wilson Black (Sonny)

    SURNAME Owens FORENAME Wilson Black (Sonny) UNIT Company B 1 Bn RANK Chief Warrant Officer Second Class NUMBER AWARD Silver Star PLACE Panama, 1989 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION See Roll of Honour
  2. NIGHTSTALKERS Fladry, Robert Ray

    SURNAME Fladry FORENAME Robert Ray UNIT Company A RANK Chief Warrant Officer NUMBER AWARD Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross PLACE Panama, 1989 (SS), 1987 (DFC) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 16.01.1950, Pennsylvania resided Union City, Pennsylvania 2 x tours Vietnam, Grenada...
  3. SEALS Casey, Thomas William

    SURNAME Casey FORENAME Thomas William UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 4 RANK Lieutenant,junior grade NUMBER AWARD Navy Cross PLACE Panama 1989 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION graduated U.S. Naval Academy,Annapolis 1987
  4. NIGHTSTALKERS Owens, Wilson Black (Sonny)

    SURNAME Owens FORENAME Wilson Black (Sonny) UNIT Company B 1 Bn RANK Chief Warrant Officer Second Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 20th December 1989 AGE 29 GRAVESITE Southern Palms Memorial Gardens, North Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina, USA ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...
  5. NIGHTSTALKERS Hunter, John Russell

    SURNAME Hunter FORENAME John Russell UNIT 1 Bn (HQ - Assistant S3) RANK First Lieutenant NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 20th December 1989 AGE 30 GRAVESITE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 28.1.1959 Libby,Montana joined Army 1976 Company B 1 Bn SOAR 1986 (Warrant Officer) (pilot) 1 Bn...
  6. NIGHTSTALKERS Hunter, John Russell

    SURNAME Hunter FORENAME John Russell UNIT 1 Bn (HQ - Assistant S3) RANK First Lieutenant NUMBER AWARD Silver Star,Legion of Merit PLACE Panama 1989 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  7. RANGERS 2 Price, John Mark

    SURNAME Price FORENAME John Mark UNIT 75 Ranger Regiment (A Company 2 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 20th December 1989 AGE GRAVESITE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA Panama
  8. RANGERS 2 Markwell, James William

    SURNAME Markwell FORENAME James William UNIT 75 Ranger Regiment (C Company 1 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 20th December 1989 AGE 21 GRAVESITE Oak Hills Cemetery, Cincinatti, Ohio ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Sharonville, Ohio born 29.05.1968...
  9. RANGERS 2 Lear, Phillip Scott

    SURNAME Lear FORENAME Phillip Scott UNIT 75 Ranger Regiment (B Company 2 Bn) RANK Specialist NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 20th December 1989 AGE 21 GRAVESITE Oconee Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Seneca, South Carolina, USA ADDITIONAL INFORMATION resided Westminster, South Carolina...
  10. RANGERS 2 Brown, Roy Dennis,Jr

    SURNAME Brown FORENAME Roy Dennis,Jr UNIT 75 Ranger Regiment (A Company 3 Bn) RANK Private First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 20th December 1989 AGE 19 GRAVESITE Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Orange, Orange County, California, USA ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 21.03.1970, Orange...
  11. RANGERS 2 Barnard, Larry Roy

    SURNAME Barnard FORENAME Larry Roy UNIT 75 Ranger Regiment (B Company 3 Bn) RANK Staff Sergeant NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 20th December 1989 AGE 29 GRAVESITE Rose Hill Cemetery, Hallstead, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, USA ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 08.12.1960...
  12. SEALS Tilghman, Christopher Taylor

    SURNAME Tilghman FORENAME Christopher Taylor UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 4 RANK Boatswains Mate First Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 20th December 1989 AGE 30 GRAVESITE Tabernacle Methodist Church Cemetery, Townsville, North Carolina ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 2.12.1959 Auckland...
  13. SEALS Rodriguez, Isaac George III (Ike)

    SURNAME Rodriguez FORENAME Isaac George III (Ike) UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 4 RANK Torpedomans Mate Second Class NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 19th December 1989 AGE 24 GRAVESITE Houston National Cemetery,Texas Section J Site 747 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION born 22.3.1965 KIA Panama...
  14. SEALS McFaul, Donald Lewis

    SURNAME McFaul FORENAME Donald Lewis UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 4 RANK Chief Engineman NUMBER 541641184 DATE OF DEATH 19th December 1989 AGE 32 GRAVESITE cremated and ashes buried at sea ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Bend,Oregon born 20.9.1957 Long Beach,California son of Mrs...
  15. SEALS Conners, John P.

    SURNAME Conners FORENAME John P. UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 4 RANK Lieutenant Junior Grade NUMBER DATE OF DEATH 21st December 1989 AGE --- GRAVESITE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Arlington,Massachusetts son of Joan Conners KIA Panama (op.Just Cause)
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