operation just cause

OPERATION JUST CAUSE (1989)
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. SEALS McFaul, Donald Lewis

    SURNAME McFaul FORENAME Donald Lewis UNIT U.S.N. Seal Team 4 RANK Chief Engineman NUMBER 541641184 AWARD Navy Cross,Bronze Star PLACE Panama 1989 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION KIA - see Roll of Honour
  5. NIGHTSTALKERS Hunter, John R.

    SURNAME Hunter FORENAME John R. 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 SOAR...
  6. NIGHTSTALKERS Hunter, John R.

    SURNAME Hunter FORENAME John R. 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. 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...
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