This picture was taken one evening when the Commanding Officer (COL Mead, USMC) selected from the persons assigned to attend a dinner hosted by a civilian (the man in the suit with his wife). The host had attended the University of Missouri but lived in Beirut as a representative for a cigarette manufacturer, and he wanted to express his gratitude for the Marines support in country. To limit the total number he could essentially host, Marines from the state of Missouri were selected. We probably had a cadre of about 20 that accompanied COL Mead to a very posh restaurant before returning to base. My sharing of the picture with LCDR Turner was an interesting story as both he and I were on the University of Missouri Swim Team prior to going off to our respective service assignments. Jeff was initially in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot during Nam, but got out, went to school for his dental degree and came back on active duty with the Navy. By happenstance, we were reunited after some 15 years when we were both assigned to the Marines in Beirut.