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Old 25 February 2011, 16:13
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I was manning a radio in Ras-al-mishab with the task unit.
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Old 25 February 2011, 19:56
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On this date in 1991, a Scud missile struck a hangar at Dhahran being used to house NG personnel who had just arrived from the states a week before, killing 28.

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If you had given my parents a choice of whether they'd prefer me to take part in a ground attack deep into Iraq or stay behind at an AF base in Saudi, it's a no brainer what they would have chosen. You never know.

This also provided another reminder of the importance of following notification protocols. Anxious family members of the unit that suffered the worst casualties, I'm pretty sure it was out of Pennsylvania, gathered at the armory to get word on the condition of their loved ones.

Somebody in command made the decision to start calling out the names of NOK and having them accompany them and a chaplain to a room, where they were given the news that their family member was KIA. The account I read in Atkinson's book Crusade was just gut wrenching, as he described mothers just wailing as their names were being called out, one after another.

A Sgt. Major had the presence of mind to put a halt to it after they had pulled 4 or 5 families from the crowd. Unbelievable.
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Old 26 February 2011, 02:08
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Wow that shit is very hard on the family members. I know my mom was having a very hard time with it.
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Old 26 February 2011, 03:30
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When it kicked off mid Jan we were somewhere in the desert moving by night and laying in during the day. On Feb 24th we had just come in off a mission from OP-6 area after watching a team from C.co E&E back across the Kuwait /Saudi border 20 something clicks after getting comprised when a Iraqi rifle company set up around them. We couldnt actually watch the team move but tracked there progress by the CAS they had supporting them on the way back in. That was until a 57-2 opened up on the CAS and we watched F-18's doing all sorts of neat stuff trying to get away from the gun. We got a good azimuth on the gun and talked a Bronco in on it.
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Old 26 February 2011, 03:40
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Maybe it was the 23rd when we came off that mission because the 24th we went into the breach headed towards Kuwait city if I remember right?
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Old 26 February 2011, 17:51
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I remember being a little kid in the second grade and watching on the neighbours tv.
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Old 27 February 2011, 12:05
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Not much happened as we negotiated the entry into Kuwait. Light small arms fire and artillery that didn't adjust fire. The Iraqi FOs were not around obviously.
Our mortars took out a small unit that evening after light gunfire.
We moved out early on the 2nd day and found an abandoned company sized area. It was funny when my Platoon Commander got his feet tangled in comm wire, not being sure it wasn't a booby trap.
A couple hours later at dawn Iraqi APCs rolled on us out of the fog and we shot the shit out of them for a while. We had 50s, MK19s, Dragons and Tows. C Company had just dismounted from their Amtraks and were half assed dug in. They had M16s and a couple of SAWS. One of those guys was off to their left flank taking a dump when the shooting started. He was running back trying to pull up his trousers.
Cobras showed up after a while and killed most of what we didn't get.
There were less than 20 Iraqis left alive and most of them were wounded.
One of our Dragon guys dismounted from his HMMWV and whacked an APC with a Dragon. That was cool.
Felt weird to have been part of that.
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Old 27 February 2011, 17:11
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I remember being a little kid in the second grade and watching on the neighbours tv.
That soldier you saw on the news waving from a Humvee?

That was me.
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Old 27 February 2011, 17:32
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I had dropped out of college to join up and go Ranger, for the big war.... unfortunately (or not) I was in fucking AIT.

Shortly after I finally made it to HAAF, elements from 1/75 came home.

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Old 28 February 2011, 13:12
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I was in D Co. 3/32nd in Ft. Benning being yelled at by the biggest Samoan Drill Sgt. the US Army had ever seen (before or since) when I found out things had kicked off.

He paused in the tirade for about 4 seconds and resumed with "The Iraqis aren't your worry right now Private- I am. In 6 weeks they'll get your ass but for now it belongs to me!".
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Old 28 February 2011, 17:16
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I remember a couple a few tidbits from our temporary housing at King F airport.
I was guarding the the SOCOM compound gate from 1900-0700.
1.) I almost shot up a humvee when it crashed into the fence of where we were. Didn't see the turn...Male LT, female E-4 don't know what was going on....
2.) The SBS guys across the road asking for certain "mates" at the gate. Even though they spoke English I had no idea what they were saying...
3.) As mentioned before after you had been in country for awhile you learned to ignore the SCUD horns and not put on your NBC shit. But I did have orders to sound an air horn with 3 blasts if the airfield alarm when off. 0300 three short bursts on the horn, followed by 2 SEALS in full NBC suits wanting to know why I woke them up and was not in MOPP 4 like them.
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Old 28 February 2011, 21:28
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I was in junior high school; all I recall was watching the news reports.
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Old 1 March 2011, 00:28
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On the Oldendorf, DD-972, up with the Midway battle group. We'd done a number of escorts through the mined waterways, did a number of ship boardings, had Coast Guard and SEALs on board at various times for what they had to do. Pure boredom for a good bit, scary shit for the other bit...
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Old 1 March 2011, 10:57
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I was with SOCSOUTH in Panama, pissed to hell that the Army would not let me transfer out of Socom for service in the Gulf. My kid was a 2/Lt with A/2/505.
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Old 1 March 2011, 11:30
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Ranger school class 3-91

Found out my ODA was deploying an IMMEDIATELY went to VW.

Next thing a call comes from then LTC Toney.

Graduated head home (Long Island, NY) on leave and a call comes to the house to report Fort Bragg ASAP.

The only time I ever watched my mother cry.

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Old 1 March 2011, 12:36
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We ended search and destroy and began sweep and clear mission . I hated watching all the Iraqi tanks leaving Kuwait and heading north , we had them in our grip and had to let them all go. Sucked!The cease fire was the day before so we had no choice.
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We ended search and destroy and began sweep and clear mission . I hated watching all the Iraqi tanks leaving Kuwait and heading north , we had them in our grip and had to let them all go. Sucked!The cease fire was the day before so we had no choice.
I mentioned it in the other thread, if the ones you saw were part of the Hammurabi division, they didn't get very far.
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I was watching it on TV from my B-billet wondering if they would ask for volunteers. Young, dumb and full of cum Marines sitting around the barracks speaking bravely about what we would do to those Iraqi bastards if the Commandant would give us the chance.

We were pretty silly.
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Old 4 March 2011, 19:02
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This day 20 year ago was the first day of prisoner exchanges - we got back the first two of our pilots who were shot down on Jan 18th.
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Old 4 March 2011, 20:04
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I wonder if Rhonda Cornum is still serving, she was a Major when her helicopter was shot down, and I'm pretty sure the last I heard she'd risen to the rank of Colonel.
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