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Question for gulf war veteran

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 2:59 am
by Guest
I want to put some questions and if nobody who do the operation desert storm and take an part of the fight want to respond its very nice.

1) Which unit you were attached (ex : 1st Inf Div...) and what rank were you?
2) Were you afraid of this war?
3) Can you describe a normal day before the ground offensive (short please)?
4) What did you think of the enemy?
5) What did you feel during the ground offensive?
6) During the war, did you see a lot of dead bodies in the field?
7) Can you describe the battles against the enemy?
8) Did you see or know people that are killed during the war?
9) Can you describe the Iraqi POW? (what they do...)
10) Did you kill anyone?
11) Can you describe the enemy?
12) Do you have some comments?

Thank you! :D

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:45 am
by SaucyWench
Interesting. It is slow at work, so why not?

1) 1st Infantry Division - 121 Signal Battalion, E-4
2) Yes, but more accurately described as apprenensive I think. I don't think I was fully aware enough to be afraid, like you would be if a tiger were stalking you. More like the apprehension you feel thinking a tiger could stalk you.
3) We had many assigned duties from guard duty, kitchen duty, latrine duty as well as our regular job and personal chores (laundry, sleep, etc).
4) Politically, I personally agree with the invasion of Iraq. As far as individual soldiers, I felt pity for some of the ones I saw surrendering.
5) During the ground charge, it was.... like adrenaline rush. I don't recall feeling anything particularly, things were just happening.
6) We were less than an hour behind the front, and saw much equipment destroyed and several sites where bodies were being cleaned up. I would have to guess in the hundreds.
7) My unit was only communications support, so we were not directly combat arms. I remember seeing patriot missles intercepting scuds at night, and we could see the battles several miles ahead.
8 ) I knew of a few people that had injuries but noone killed.
9) The POWs we encountered sought us out surrendering. Our unit had not anticipated the duty of receiving POWs, but we ended up with them for a day or so.
10) No. My unit was communications support.
11) The POWs we encountered were tired, dirty, hungry, dissheveled.
12) May I ask you your nationality and what is your interest in asking these questions?

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:32 pm
by Guest
I have 15 years old and i like the history and the gulf war is the most that i like. I read a lots things on that, therefore I know a lot of things about this.I must make an English magazine, so i choose this topic. I wrote an arcticle on that which includes more than 1200 words (with more information than the french wikipedia). A small question which rank you have (private, sergeant…) PS: I am very honoured that you answered me and sorry if i do some errors. If there are people who still want answer my questions its very nice :D

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:42 pm
by Guest
Interesting. It is slow at work, so why not?
sorry i dont understend

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:38 pm
by Dagger X-Ray
1) Which unit you were attached (ex : 1st Inf Div...) and what rank were you?
HHC 2nd Brigade 1st Infantry Division, I was an E-4 "Specialist"

2) Were you afraid of this war?
At the time No, I knew what was happening but do not think I understood its seriousness at the time. It was only later that I realized what was really happening.

3) Can you describe a normal day before the ground offensive (short please)?
I was a radio operator for the 2nd Brigade Tactical Operations Center. We tracked and directed 1 Mechanized Infantry Battalion and 2 Armor Battalions and all the support units. I was also a maneuver control systems operator. I reported brigade/unit status and inventory regularly to the Division S-3 using a computer connected that used radio equipment to communicate. The computer took up a whole one side of the inside of a personnel carrier, it wasn't as nice and small as computers we use these days but it was much faster than civilian computers at that time.

4) What did you think of the enemy?
I knew they were the "bad" guys but when I actually saw them, they were just other guys walking and waving. They were smiling and waving white cloth used for flags. I threw water and an occasional MRE off the side of my track to some of them. I knew they were Iraqi soldiers but I can't say I ever saw the "soldier" side of them. These guys looked bad, they looked as if they didn't want to be there, they looked like guys lost in the desert.

5) What did you feel during the ground offensive?
Lots of boredom, lots of aches and pains, and lots of adrenalin from time to time. I cannot say I was ever really scared until shortly after the cease fire was called and we made our final jump to an area about a 1/4 mile from the Road to Basra; also dubbed the "Highway to Hell".

6) During the war, did you see a lot of dead bodies in the field?
I saw lots of destroyed vehicles. I knew there were more than likely dead soldiers inside. It wasn't until we made our final jump that I mentioned in #5 that I saw actual dead bodies and I got the willies really bad at that moment. I knew scared more than I ever knew scared right then. Things were really set into perspective for me at that moment.

7) Can you describe the battles against the enemy?
My unit followed approximately 2 miles behind our infantry and armor units. The closest thing to a battle I saw was Iraqi tanks burning and exploding from secondary explosions caused by unexploded main gun tank rounds going off inside from the intense heat.

(8) Did you see or know people that are killed during the war?
NO but I believe we had 11 soldiers in 1st Infantry Division die (combat, accidents, friendly fire, etc).

9) Can you describe the Iraqi POW? (what they do...)
Picture a bunch of Arab guys who look as if they had not eaten in days if not weeks, looking as if they had not slept a decent nights sleep in weeks, looking as if they were forced to do something they never would have ever done, and walking across the desert in what seems like a million miles from nowhere and seeing someone with food, water, and transportation coming towards them.

10) Did you kill anyone?
NO, THANK GOD

11) Can you describe the enemy?
See # 9

12) Do you have some comments?
Just that I feel we could have and should have completed the unspecified-at-that-time job of hunting down Saddam. Technically we did complete the original Desert Storm mission of liberating Kuwait but to this day I feel we should have made every effort possible to capture Saddam and allow the Arab world to hold him accountable for his crimes.

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 2:39 am
by 3rdcavtrooper
1) Which unit you were attached (ex : 1st Inf Div...) and what rank were you?
E Troop, 2/3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment E-6, Staff Sergeant
2) Were you afraid of this war?
No, too old to worry and too busy to care.
3) Can you describe a normal day before the ground offensive (short please)?
get up, breakfast, formation, meetings, At 10 am change into boots, shorts and t-shirt and work on equipment. lunch, R&R, dinner, briefs, movie or R&R.
4) What did you think of the enemy?
At first, a formible enemy, good PR spin, but later, the draftees were happy to surrender. see #11
5) What did you feel during the ground offensive?
too short for what we needed to do. Should have finished the job.
6) During the war, did you see a lot of dead bodies in the field?
yes, too many to count
7) Can you describe the battles against the enemy?
Fast and furious. Most of the time me and my spotter sat out in the boonies picking our butts, but when I had to stay with the unit and run the H&K team, we would run in and shoot and scoot. We went through 3 Rebublican Guard Divisions, so it was tanks and Bradleys shooting at anything resembling a target while we ran from trench to trench or building to building. The Iraqis had to either fight or surrender, and they didn't have much time to decide. Sometimes in the thick of fighting, your whole perspective turns sureal and you have to grasp reality real fast

8 ) Did you see or know people that are killed during the war?

yes
9) Can you describe the Iraqi POW? (what they do...)
happy to be out of the war. Most were starving, well payed but no food. I found out from a unit I captured that 3 days prior the Republican death squads came though and shot all those who might want to surrender. I was wondering why they didn't want their hands tied behind their backs and made to kneel down.
10) Did you kill anyone?
yes
11) Can you describe the enemy?
Near the end, I was sent to see what was in a Iraqi triangle and discovered a whole company in place. Most were young and scared, but this one big Iraqi NCO came forward infront of the troops and stood there, arms crossed staring at me to see what I was going to do. At that moment I saw a type of professionalism that was rarely seen from the enemy and we understood each other right there, without knowing each other's language. He knew his men would be in safe hands if they surrendered. I found out later that he was an 8 year infantry veteran of the Iranian wars.

12) Do you have some comments?
I think this will be the last war the US will win for some time. We did everything right like an army should. "Veni, Vidi, Vici".

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:10 pm
by Redmaxx
1) Which unit you were attached (ex : 1st Inf Div...) and what rank were you?
VII Corps and I was an E-4 Specialist

2) Were you afraid of this war?
At first yes because they had more soldiers than us and said that they would use chemicals.

3) Can you describe a normal day before the ground offensive (short please)?
Fixing helicopters, duing test flights, and lots and lots of guard duty.

4) What did you think of the enemy?
Not much.

5) What did you feel during the ground offensive?
I wish that I would have been asked to go help the infantry.

6) During the war, did you see a lot of dead bodies in the field?
Yes, in Iraq and on the Highway of Death.

7) Can you describe the battles against the enemy?
For the most part they were one sided, us kicking butt. I do know there were some US soldiers killed in heavy fighting.

Did you see or know people that are killed during the war?
Yes.

9) Can you describe the Iraqi POW? (what they do...)
Very happy to give up. They were so hungry and lacked the will to fight.

10) Did you kill anyone?
Yes.

11) Can you describe the enemy?
Dirty, unorganized. The Republican Guard was the only ones who really wanted to fight. The rest were told that if they didn't their families would be killed.

12) Do you have some comments?
I wish that we would have taken care of the problem when we were there so that this group of soldiers wouldn't have to. I know why we didn't but I still wish that we would have.

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 11:17 am
by FA1SGret
1) Which unit you were attached (ex : 1st Inf Div...) and what rank were you?
2nd ACR and 1st ID; SFC E-7

2) Were you afraid of this war?
No ... I had three tours in 2nd ID and one in 7th ID ... very confident

3) Can you describe a normal day before the ground offensive (short please)?
eat, sleep, crap, plan, train, guard

4) What did you think of the enemy?
He was the enemy, he was going to fight, and he was going to die

5) What did you feel during the ground offensive?
Adrenaline, pity
6) During the war, did you see a lot of dead bodies in the field?
Yes

7) Can you describe the battles against the enemy?
Intense, Continous, Confusion

Did you see or know people that are killed during the war?
Don't understand the question

9) Can you describe the Iraqi POW? (what they do...)
Scared, beaten, dispirited, hungry, tired, thirsty, hurt

10) Did you kill anyone?
Directly ... no ... indirectly ... many

11) Can you describe the enemy?
Mankind

12) Do you have some comments?
What good with the survey do?