The U.S Invasion of Grenada ~ Operation Urgent Fury ~

It has been exactly 34 years since US forces invaded Grenada, ending the Caribbean island nations four-year socialist experiment.


On October 13th 1983, Ronald Reagan was made aware of communist trouble in Grenada. The Reagan administration launched a military intervention after the execution of Grenada's Maurice Bishop and six other cabinet members.

Stopping the Commies

Maurice Bishop gained power in Grenada in 1979 through a military coup with the leftist Jewel Movement group. This group was a Marxists / Leninist party which took control of the revolution, and lead by decree until 1983. On October 19th of the same year, hardline Stalinists captured and executed Bishop.

Bishop seen with Castro

The U.S. quickly launched a military intervention. The decision to intervene was mainly motivated by concerns over the 600 U.S. medical students which were on the island, with fear of repeating the Iran hostage crisis. The U.S. invasion began six days after Bishop's death.


The U.S. Army was deployed as well as the U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy SEALs, and other combined forces adding up to 7,600 troops being deployed.

Many saw Operation Urgent Fury as a guaranteed victory. This was because the small Caribbean island was no match for armed US forces.

The date of the invasion is now a national holiday in Grenada - Thanksgiving Day. The commemoration was because several political prisoners were freed after the invasion, and elected into office.

The invasion received a ton of negative critique, but it was broadly supported in the United States, therefore Reagan was praised for taking another step towards ending communism.


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