Desert Shield/Storm?

Seeing a lot of Vietnam vet posts. Haven’t seen any about 1990,91 Desert Shield/Storm commentaries. I was in 1st LAI Bn TOW plt. We got airlifted out on Labor Day weekend to Saudi Arabia. I suppose some of what I remember most are the exaggerations of the media. Like, I never drank 5 gal of water a day and after getting climatized I drank the same amount of water as I drank back at Pendleton. As far as actually busting caps, I never did, I was the guide and drove the platoon hummer wherever Capt. Freda wanted me to go. When we were sitting in Kuwait airport I found out that about 2/3 of the platoon never fired a shot either. And they were up with the forward units. I was with he supply train about 10 miles back. We sat in the middle of the burning oil wells for about 3 days before moving into the airport and then it ended. Just over a 96 timewise. I’ve only seen a couple of guys wearing Desert Storm covers since then and when I asked them where they were at or which units they were in it seemed like it was a big secret they couldn’t tell me anything. So if there are any Desert Shield/Storm vets out there with more interesting accounts to tell (and you’re not sworn to secrecy) go ahead and write in I would like to read them. And no, I’m not writing a book. R/S Sgt. Pete
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  • Michael Romans

    Good day Sgt. Pete, I enjoyed your post regarding DS/DS. I too was over there but do not really talk much about it. Not because I witnessed anything bad, but honestly didn’t see much at all. I had five other Marines of my fathers siblings to include him. Of the five one was in Korea and retired SgtMaj., two were combat vets of Vietnam, my father was Korea era and their sister, my aunt. Growing up and hearing their stories always left me in awe. I was assigned to support VMA 231 at Camp Abdul Ariz airbase (aka the Skud bowl since to was a soccer field with an airstrip next to the Persian Gulf.) My parent unit elements of MALS 32 just finished seven and a half months in Iwakuni and then arrived there on Jan 1st. We were told to expect the worst, that we would loose aircraft and our base was a target. Well we did loose one plane that I remember, Capt. Russell Sanborn but was taken pow. We flew a lot of missions but after speaking with some pilots the impression I got was it was like we were beating up on our little brother. I don’t recall any hostile activity against our base. In short I don’t speak much about it because I have not much to speak of. Especially in wake of what our vets now have under gone my time there was no worst that my time at CAX. I do mention that I did serve, and did what was asked of me. My personal belief is that maybe many don’t talk about our time there is because we either dont have much to talk about or it pales to what the vets have gone through for the last 18 years! Thank you for your service and for bringing this up. I enjoy hearing others experience from our war/conflict and would enjoy hearing more. If anyone would like to read a great book about the gulf war I wouldn’t encourage one reading it. It’s called “Bravo Two Zero” by Andy McNab. He was an SAS operative and the book is about their mission during the war. It was a enlightenment to me since it outlines some of the bad things that happened in that war that we were never told about. Thank you again, Semper Fi. Cpl. Michael Romans


  • Isaac

    Semper Fi Sgt. Pete. I’m Isaac, call sign Mitymouse (spelling is intentional). I was a doc fresh out of FMF training from 1st CEB sapper school. Our team was boots on ground Nov. 23, 1990. We were attached to Recon units patrolling the north part of Saudi/Iraqi border betweens Rafha north to Arar. 2nd Tank battalion joined us a couple times. Made contact 3 times. No hostile engagements, except we did have friendly contact with one of our own Patriot missiles when it lost its target and locked on to a tank in our patrol. No fatalities but 4 injured including me. I was the second doc to be injured over there… So I was told. We shot rounds but in designated target ranges. They ploy was to maintain moral with the marines up there. In regards to water consumption, we consumed roughly 5 bottles of water per day my entire deployment. My sapper team was in country 3 months only.


  • John Murphy

    Hey Sgt. Pete I was with 81’s- Task Force Shepard and Papa Bear.


  • Paul 0311

    Interesting story. About the guys wearing the covers and then not wanting to have a conversation was exactly the point I was trying to make in the last newsletter that ended up being morphed into something else. My point “If you don’t want to talk,don’t wear the cover!” unless they were posers. Paul


  • Harry

    Yes,Did pop a few caps TNT &C-4 also a few “Claymores” around perimeter at Liberty Bridge. Also liked to make homemade hand grenades using empty C-Rat cans and soda cans packed with C-4 nails and other stuff. With cap, igniter, and about a 10 or 12 inch fuse. fun fun! Harry PS I,m trying real hard to”Get Over Myself”


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