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Around 3 million Americans descending from Lebanese origin live in the United States. These Lebanese-Americans, up to five generations, migrated from Lebanon in several waves starting in the 19th century. Most of the Lebanese Americans came from the early waves of Lebanese Christians fleeing the Ottomans oppression around the mid of the 19th Century and during WWI. Lebanese immigration continued and was high in the 1970’- 80’s during the war in Lebanon, and in early 1990’s after Lebanon completely fell to Syrian occupation.

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General John P. Abizaid is a former Hoover National Security Affairs fellow who took over as head of the U.S. Army's Central Command on July 7, 2003. Lebanese-American Abizaid assumed command from General Tommy R. Franks in a ceremony led by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in Tampa, Florida.
General John Abizaid, Lebanese American
Lt. Col. Victor DelNore is the former U.S Commander of the Nagasaki Military Government. "Victor Delnore cherished democracy and its ideals. More than anything else, he championed freedom and respect for the individual" (Lane Earns).
Lt Col. Victor Delnore, Lebanese American
Colonel James Jabara, of the U.S. Air Force was a Korean War hero. He was the First American jet ace, USAF F-86 Sabre pilot. He shot down 15 MIGs over Korea and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
Colonel James Jabara, Lebanese American
General George Joulwan commanded both the U.S. and NATO forces in Europe. Major General Joulwan commanded the 3rd Armored Division in 1988, and became Commanding General of the V Corps in 1989. In 1990, General Joulwan was appointed Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command. From 1993 -1997, he was Commander-in-Chief, United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He was the first Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, to have commanded at every level from platoon through corps. He drew the basis for the historic NATO-Russian Founding Act signed in 1997 that ended the Cold War.
General George Joulwan, Lebanese American
Navy Lt. Alfred Naifeh is a Navy hero. In 1942 he was serving on the USS Meredith in the Solomon Islands. The ship was struck by a massive Japanese air raid and rapidly sunk. Naifeh, worked for two days and nights to locate his wounded shipmates and place them aboard life rafts. He died on the third day of exhaustion after fighting off shark attacks and rescuing many of his compatriots. He was posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart for his heroics. In 1944, one of the US Navy ships, the destroyer USS Naifeh was named in his honor.
USS Naifeh was named after Lebanese American Hero, Alfred Naifeh
Maj. Gen. Fred Safay was a WWII Army Officer who fought alongside General Patton.
Colonel Alfred Shihab, of the US armed forces that landed in Lebanon in 1958 to restore order in the country of his heritage.
Brig. Gen. Elias Stevens was a WWII Army Officer who served on Gen. Eisenhower's staff.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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