National Geographic : 1984 Nov
had known as relatives and neighbors. Bish op was executed by soldiers. So were three of his ministers and two trade union leaders. That night, islanders say, trucks rumbled through the countryside, loaded with corpses to be burned or buried in the Camp Calivigny area on the southern end of the is land or to be dumped at sea. FOR A TIME Grenada as its people had known it-effervescent, colorful, and cousinly-seemed to disappear. A 16 member Revolutionary Military Coun cil controlled by Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard took power. It banned dem onstrations, closed schools, and shuttered most businesses. The council imposed a 24 hour curfew and warned that violators would be shot on sight. On October 21, representatives of seven of the eight island nations belonging to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States -Grenada did not attend-met in Bridge town, Barbados, and unanimously request- ed assistance from Barbados, Jamaica, and the United States in dealing with the "un precedented threat to the peace and security of the region created by the vacuum of au thority in Grenada." Four days later a small force of Caribbean soldiers, spearheaded by 1,900 U. S. troops, invaded Grenada in Op eration Urgent Fury. As dawn broke, Rang ers parachuted onto the island, Marines poured from helicopters, and rockets strafed suspected military sites. Many civilians found themselves in the thick of the battle. Almost every Grenadian I talked to used the same word to describe the invasion: terrifying. "I think we're dead," Mrs. Alston Johnson told me. Overmatched and outgunned, the Grena dian army quickly collapsed, shedding uni forms and-according to some reports hiding weapons. Some 800 well-trained Cu bans, brought to the island under Bishop to Charles E. Cobb, Jr., contributed "After Rho desia, a Nation Named Zimbabwe" to the No vember 1981 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.