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 Post subject: Curious Student Seeks Answers
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:29 pm 
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Your Gulf War Unit: I am a student hoping to contact a veteran.
I am a 16 year old high school student who needs to interview a Desert Storm veteran as a class requirement. Following are the questions I would like to ask. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Name and Rank of person being interviewed:

1.In which branch of the armed forces did you serve?

2. Where were you stationed during Desert Storm?

3.What were your duties?

4. How was the morale in your unit?

5.How was the food?Give a typical menu.

6. How were your quarters?

7.Were any aspects of your war experience boring?

8.What did soldiers do for entertainment?

9. What part of Desert Storm do you remember as being the worst for America?

10. When were you the most afraid during your time there?

11. When did you start to feel that things were going our way?

12. What at the time did you think about:

George H. W Bush?

Saddam Hussein?

Colin Powell?

Norman Schwartzkopf?

The Iraqi people?

Your fellow soldiers?

13. Have any of these opinions changed over the years?

14. When you came home from the war did you have trouble finding a job?

15. Do you remember any problems that returning soldiers faced then?

How about now?

16. Do you believe there was any validity to the reports of Gulf War Syndrome?

17. How did you feel about the television coverage before, during and after Desert Storm?

18. Do you still see any of the men in your former unit?

19. How do you feel about the current war in Iraq?

20. Do you think your service in Iraq in Desert Storm has been validated by the new War in Iraq?

21. If you had any advice for the soldiers now stationed in the Middle East what would you tell them?


Please email me at mfgillia@coastal.edu. Thank you for your service and your time.


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 Post subject: Re: Curious Student Seeks Answers
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:29 am 
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Your Gulf War Unit: 24th Infantry Division, 197th Infantry Brigage, 72 Engr Co.
I had not planned on answering this but I see that you have come back to the site since posting and I guess there is no harm in this so I guess I'll play along. I was hoping somebody else here would hook ya up. No offense but I am a suspicious fellow.

I'm not sure about the old name and rank question. How about My name is Adam and my rank was E-4 (specialist). ( LOL, I thought about telling this person that my name is your name Animal or Haze or Tricky. Your real name. LOL) Just an evil thought flash I reckon. For the record, my name really is Adam.

1. Army
2. Stationed in the middle of the desert. We were located in grid coordinates. Not towns or anything. Best I recall we were about 50 clicks south west of hafr al batn

3. Engineer

4. Decent all things considered

5. MRE's. We finally got T-rats sometime in November. After that, it was MRE's and then 1 hot meal ( t - rations) in the evening until February 22nd 1991 or. Strangely a day or so before the ground war they started feeding twice as much as usual. After the ground war started, we got MRE's again until we got back to Khobar towers March 25th or so.

6. LOL... we didn't have any quarters. We lived in a hole in the ground. We had a tent for about a month around Christmas. The rest of the time was under the stars in the sand

7. Not during the war. Before the war, we were usually quite bored

8. Fight, cuss, make alcohol, have scorpion fights

9. We were out of touch with America. We were in the middle of the desert. No idea what was tough for America.

10. Couple of times come to mind. Being left in the middle of Iraq with just myself and the guy with me, incoming rounds, trailer explosion, confusion about ground troops over running us and later learning it was our own guys ( I almost shot one of them. We had started digging in with our helmets. ) Chemical detectors going off, etc...

11. Never was any doubt. We weren't looking for a threat in Iraq, we were the threat

12. All the politicians and very high ranking officers were actually irrelevant to me. Never gave them much thought.
The Iraqi people were the enemy. My fellow soldeirs were and are family.

13. I like the officers from Storm and I like Bush

14. Jobs were everywhere. I just couldn't keep it after I got one

15. Re-adjusting from war is tough. Then and now. I think every soldier goes through it.

16. There is no question any more. They have proven it's a real issue. Lots of guys are totally disabled or partially disabled from it.

17. No idea about how it was during. Glad the media was not allowed around us during the war. There is no place for the media in combat. Bad stuff happens and it needs to be left there. Not on the 6 o'clock news back stateside.

18. I saw one for the first time last year

19. We have no business in any country. Afghanistan is a real mess and we should have pulled out a long time ago. We are done in Iraq.

20. Don't need no validation. We were there to protect other countries and to kick Iraq out of Kuwait and that is exactly what we did.

21. Don't die. When bad stuff happens, go talk to somebody about it. Don't stuff it down inside and carry it 20 years

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18th Airborne Corps
24th Infantry Division
197th Infantry 72 ENGR CO
Assault and Barrier Pltn
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 Post subject: Re: Curious Student Seeks Answers
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:18 pm 
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Your Gulf War Unit: 197th Inf. 72nd ENG. CO
redfish wrote:
I had not planned on answering this but I see that you have come back to the site since posting and I guess there is no harm in this so I guess I'll play along. I was hoping somebody else here would hook ya up. No offense but I am a suspicious fellow.

I'm not sure about the old name and rank question. How about My name is Adam and my rank was E-4 (specialist). ( LOL, I thought about telling this person that my name is your name Animal or Haze or Tricky. Your real name. LOL) Just an evil thought flash I reckon. For the record, my name really is Adam.

1. Army
2. Stationed in the middle of the desert. We were located in grid coordinates. Not towns or anything. Best I recall we were about 50 clicks south west of hafr al batn

3. Engineer

4. Decent all things considered

5. MRE's. We finally got T-rats sometime in November. After that, it was MRE's and then 1 hot meal ( t - rations) in the evening until February 22nd 1991 or. Strangely a day or so before the ground war they started feeding twice as much as usual. After the ground war started, we got MRE's again until we got back to Khobar towers March 25th or so.

6. LOL... we didn't have any quarters. We lived in a hole in the ground. We had a tent for about a month around Christmas. The rest of the time was under the stars in the sand

7. Not during the war. Before the war, we were usually quite bored

8. Fight, cuss, make alcohol, have scorpion fights

9. We were out of touch with America. We were in the middle of the desert. No idea what was tough for America.

10. Couple of times come to mind. Being left in the middle of Iraq with just myself and the guy with me, incoming rounds, trailer explosion, confusion about ground troops over running us and later learning it was our own guys ( I almost shot one of them. We had started digging in with our helmets. ) Chemical detectors going off, etc...

11. Never was any doubt. We weren't looking for a threat in Iraq, we were the threat

12. All the politicians and very high ranking officers were actually irrelevant to me. Never gave them much thought.
The Iraqi people were the enemy. My fellow soldeirs were and are family.

13. I like the officers from Storm and I like Bush

14. Jobs were everywhere. I just couldn't keep it after I got one

15. Re-adjusting from war is tough. Then and now. I think every soldier goes through it.

16. There is no question any more. They have proven it's a real issue. Lots of guys are totally disabled or partially disabled from it.

17. No idea about how it was during. Glad the media was not allowed around us during the war. There is no place for the media in combat. Bad stuff happens and it needs to be left there. Not on the 6 o'clock news back stateside.

18. I saw one for the first time last year

19. We have no business in any country. Afghanistan is a real mess and we should have pulled out a long time ago. We are done in Iraq.

20. Don't need no validation. We were there to protect other countries and to kick Iraq out of Kuwait and that is exactly what we did.

21. Don't die. When bad stuff happens, go talk to somebody about it. Don't stuff it down inside and carry it 20 years

Hey,,it was 21 years ago today our plane landed back at Ft Benning, easter was that weekend.

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197th inf. 72nd engr. Heavy Junk


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