Photo of the Week
May 26, 2019
For this Memorial Day and every day we honor all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Today I dedicate this photo of the week and page for those 23 who gave their lives during Operation Just Cause in order that Panama become free of the tyranny of Manuel Noriega. Another 325 U.S. troops were injured.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Operation Just Cause. Those U.S. troops that lost their lives during Operation Just Cause are listed above. God rest their soles.
Thank you to all our men and women in the military service past and present.
The photo below is a (Patrol Boat River) PBR Mark II patrol boat that is on patrol in Culebra Cut during Operation Just Cause. The Panama Canal only closed for one day during the fighting. This is the first and only time the Canal was closed due to unnatural causes. At the bottom are two PBR Mark II river patrol boats and a (Patrol Craft Fast) PCF Mark I inshore patrol craft being locked up or down at Miraflores Locks.
were camping out in Gatun Lake the weekend when Personnel Movement
(PML) Delta went into effect which means get home. We
heard this on the radio, packed up and headed back to Gamboa;
where we lived at the time. As we approached the Gamboa Bridge,
two of these PBR Mark II patrol boats came racing up to us which
scared and startled us. Once the guys on board these craft saw
we were a bunch of harmless boaters and kids, they went on their way
and we got the heck out of the water and home. These were pretty
impressive little boats and I am sure could do lots of damage if challenged.
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