Gulf War Vets

Gulf War Vets

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    Gulf War Vets

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    It was 20 yrs ago today we crossed the line of departure into Iraq for our country ! and the ground war started, here in NC there trying to mark it in time collecting articles and memories they are calling it the Forgotten war now similar to Korea .
    "If you want peace, prepare for war." Si vis pacem, para bellum.
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    I am not a Gulf War vet, but would like to extend my thanks to all of those who are. The Sandbox still sucks, as I am sure it did for all of you then.

    I actually still have memories of then the Gulf War was going on, and I was 5 at the time, and I don't remember all that much from that time.
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    Wow! Has it been that long? I still remember being covered by black rain and day skys that were dark from the oil fires.

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    I clearly remember laying on the camo nets on top of my M577 watching the air show and thinking "This is it boys! The tailgate party is over!"
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    It does seem like it was just yesterday. I was in Dhahran when it rained like crazy on day one of the air offensive. At the time it all seemed rather ominous. We were still applying some finishing touches on the modified Bradley’s and Abrams. Fast forward a couple of decades and we're still there!
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    I just started college and had a commission waiting for me on the other side...I watched it with the rest of the world on CNN. 13 years later, I was on the LOD for OIF....and my family was watching me on the news.
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    Hey guys
    here is a local link where there posting stories and pics feel free to join in with your memories !!
    http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/8949429/
    I remember being a light infantry Paratrooper thinking i should have been in a jungle not fighting a mech war ..LOL But still remember it like it was yesterday.
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    If you think about it, it was a very unique time and circumstances. It was the first real serious conflict America had been in since Vietnam, it was the first time all
    three Marine Divisions were mobilized since WW2, and we were facing what was the 4th largest army in the world, totally equipted by the Soviets. The world watched as it was dismantled in 4 days, and the Soviets crapped their pants when they saw the superiority of our equipment to theirs. Shortly thereafter, the Berlin Wall came down.
    Not bad for a military that was untested and spent most of it's time training in the bush or forest.
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    I was there forever during desert shield; we were flagging Tankers (Oil) from Kiewit and escorting them out of the gulf to protect them from Iraq, after months of hot continuous alert the destroyer I was on was relieved and we went home, two months later the war started. We felt cheated we missed it as we were there for the buildup…

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    While I wasn't in the desert, (I was at Rhein Main in Germany) most every bean and bullet used downrange came through RMAB in one of the largest materiel airlifts in history. Our ramp was marked for a max of 5 C-5's and I think we had 15+ on the ground at one point, plus tankers, 141's and our assigned 130's, all in the dead of a very snowy German winter. Long hours paid big benefits for the troops on the ground, and it was a quite sight to see...
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    Holy cow, has it really been 20 years? I was a Jr. in High School in '91, so I obviously wasn't in uniform (other than ROTC).

    Thank you all who went, you all learned a lot that I was taught in Basic in '92. All of my Drill Sergeants were in Desert Storm and they hounded us on our MOPP gear and the speed in which we donned our protective masks.
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    As we were trained by the Vietnam Vets and in no small part our success in the Gulf was due to there training and I hope in some way A vendication of lessons learned .
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    Spent 9 months on the USS Mississippi (CGN-40) in and around the Red Sea providing escort for the carriers and conducting boardings for the embargo. Oh yeah, we fired a few cruise missles as well.

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    Posts like this remind me of how old I am. I went through the breach with 6th Marines - 2 days of hell in MOPP gear.
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    Thanks to you all! I had the shots, the medical checkup, filled out the will, etc. Received MOPP gear, kevlar vest, helmet; everything needed for the desert. Guess we took a wrong turn at Albequerque because I ended up at Fort Bragg, NC, shipping out the 81st and all of there gear. I was a crew chief on C-141s and can remember the long days loading and turning aircraft, short naps and back at it again. I kept asking how much more equipment they could have after 30 non-stop days...God Bless America!!!
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