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speaking of the first gulf war....

pointman821pointman821 Member Posts: 872
edited April 2011 in US Military Veteran Forum
does anyone remember the stupid woman from i think new york that doused herself with gasoline and threatened to set herself on fire if we didnt pull out of saudi arabia? what are some of the things that stick out in your mind from that time?

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  • PATBUZZARDPATBUZZARD Member Posts: 3,556
    edited November -1
    I was in 4th grade. I remember sitting in class watchign the war unfold on TV. I remember being very impressed and wanting to be a soldier someday.
  • n/an/a Member Posts: 168,427
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by PATBUZZARD
    I was in 4th grade. I remember sitting in class watchign the war unfold on TV. I remember being very impressed and wanting to be a soldier someday.


    There is NO WAY you were in the 4th grade...I'm not that old Patt! Please tell me that was a typo! After I came back, I went to my little brother's classes, 3-4th grade to talk to the kids... You are making me feel very old right now.[;)][^]
  • wanted manwanted man Member Posts: 3,276
    edited November -1
    Well, right off hand I can tell you what I DON'T remember, 'cause I wasn't there!
    Aug 11th, '90...Older son's B-Day
    Oct 16th, '90... 8th Anniversary
    Nov 23rd, '90... My B-Day ([;)]), no time to celebrate = wasn't there!
    Feb 16th, '91... Wife's B-Day
    Apr 4th, '91...Younger son's B-Day
    This was like the 9th yr IN-A-ROW that I missed practically EVERY B-Day, Anniv and Holiday with my non-issue "family"![:(][:0]*LOL*

    I don't feel sooooo bad 'bout the "age" thing, my oldest was in 2nd? grade at the time, but I just turn 43 THIS November!*LOL*
  • One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
    edited November -1
    The thing that sticks with me is sitting under those dang oil wells that were set afire by the Iraqies. Oh, also those big damn lizards with the nasty looking tails. The Tankers using our scout platoons as bait. tankers suck[:D]
  • royc38royc38 Member Posts: 2,345 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I remember the French covering our "flank" We never got surprised by any brutal sand dunes from the west. lol.[;)]
  • One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
    edited November -1
    We can not forget those killer sand storms!
  • codenamepaulcodenamepaul Member Posts: 2,931
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by One shot
    The thing that sticks with me is sitting under those dang oil wells that were set afire by the Iraqies. Oh, also those big damn lizards with the nasty looking tails. The Tankers using our scout platoons as bait. tankers suck[:D]


    The big yellow f#$%kers?
  • FEENIXFEENIX Member Posts: 10,559 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I had a very nice lighter for her at the time [}:)]!

    The non-g[:D]urmet MREs [;)]!
  • One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
    edited November -1
    Let us not forget the dogs. The only place to find a dog running around with a human body part in its mouth.
  • amsptcdsamsptcds Member Posts: 679
    edited November -1
    those burning oil wells and the smoke that absorbed so much light that the nv goggles wouldn't work.
  • amsptcdsamsptcds Member Posts: 679
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by wanted man
    Well, right off hand I can tell you what I DON'T remember, 'cause I wasn't there!
    Aug 11th, '90...Older son's B-Day
    Oct 16th, '90... 8th Anniversary
    Nov 23rd, '90... My B-Day ([;)]), no time to celebrate = wasn't there!
    Feb 16th, '91... Wife's B-Day
    Apr 4th, '91...Younger son's B-Day
    This was like the 9th yr IN-A-ROW that I missed practically EVERY B-Day, Anniv and Holiday with my non-issue "family"![:(][:0]*LOL*

    I don't feel sooooo bad 'bout the "age" thing, my oldest was in 2nd? grade at the time, but I just turn 43 THIS November!*LOL*


    You musta been in the grunts. my 3 years with 3/5 was like that. Hardly home 9 months out of those 3. that's bull.
  • amsptcdsamsptcds Member Posts: 679
    edited November -1
    Oh yeah...

    I found a 1935 Dodge Power Wagon up on blocks without any bullet holes in it. It was at some chicken farm that had the heck blown out if it. It looked like it had been an old fire truck converted to some sort of farm water truck. Still had a bell on the cowling.
  • 0341USMC0341USMC Member Posts: 1,073 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by PATBUZZARD
    I was in 4th grade. I remember sitting in class watchign the war unfold on TV. I remember being very impressed and wanting to be a soldier someday.
    Thanks I really feel OLD now[:D]
  • One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
    edited November -1
    Got to destroy an old Harley and a couple willies jeeps. What a shame. I may have been able to squeeze that Harley in my ruck sack[:D]
  • PATBUZZARDPATBUZZARD Member Posts: 3,556
    edited November -1
    quote:The Tankers using our scout platoons as bait. tankers suck


    Well as we always say... "When in doubt.... Kill a scout!" [:p]


    The irony is that the state sold our tanks, we are now becoming <<gasp gag>> SCOUTS!!

    SCOUTS OUT!
  • One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
    edited November -1
    REPENT You Sinner. COME To The SCOUT Side[:D]
  • One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
    edited November -1
    The state sold the tanks in trade for some AMC Pacers[:D]
  • dundipterdundipter Member Posts: 2
    edited November -1
    Dont forget about the big * flying beatles and the half eaten camel in a hut
  • One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
    edited November -1
    Everytime you had to make a "number 2" in the open, the damn beatles woulds attack.
  • SCorversSCorvers Member Posts: 2,063 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I was working at a local dive bar at night in Portsmouth,Va, and they made the annoucemnet on TV that the war was starting. An older lady sitting at the bar began to cry. She said it brought back memories of Vietnam and all the friends she lost over there.
    The next day I volunteered for Minesweeper duty.
  • cahascahas Member Posts: 4,064
    edited November -1
    I remember my enlistment time being up. I remember being at LeJeune at Christmas time and canceling my Dec wedding because my bride was afraid of what would happen to me over there. I remember lying in my rack, staring at the ceiling, days before Christmas and days before leaving for Saudi and Bing Crosby coming on the radio singing"I'll be home for Christmas". I remember being in a class at LeJeune and being told there would be a 90% casualties of Engineers(glad he were wrong)I remember the umpteen innoculation shots, and the hemoglobin. I remember going to mine sweeper coarse's and practicing with Vietnam era equipment. I remember my flight into Saudi Arabia, I was sitting near two Vietnam vets telling war stories, I remember looking out the plane window for hours seeing nothing but sand. I remember the bromide pills. Once the bombing started going on all night, I wondered how any foe could survive that. Really dampened their spirits, Iraqi's were walking south in the daytime, just giving up. Many did not want to be even fighting.
  • havihavi Member Posts: 5 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I remember an explosion then seconds later the M8 alarm went sounding off. I never moved so fast, lol. There are several other memories, but not wanting to take up space.
  • BIPBIP Member Posts: 71 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    ...getting Mercedes emblems off civilian trucks and putting them on the front of our HMMWVs......dub-dub lizards....oil well fires....nerve agant pills...staying there 'til Aug 27....
  • Highball32Highball32 Member Posts: 1 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Concrete, concrete and more concrete!

    Emergency Helo Landing Strip in the middle of nowhere.

    Seeing a M1A2 tank at the firing range with 12 miles on it, and it smelled like a new car inside. Then pealing the sticker off the front and trying to order one! (That went over like a lead brick!)



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  • evjustinevjustin Member Posts: 3 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    2/41 FA 3ID (attached to 1AD)

    I remember arriveing at 3AM and the heat was still rising off the tarmac. I remember being fed by some Saudi catering compant (pigeons, I swear) and getting sick.

    I remember that a guy from my patoon shot himself in the foot to avoid combat and being the first American soldier detained and held for court-martial during the Gulf War. We were so proud of him. LOL!
  • headhunter7headhunter7 Member Posts: 3 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I was not finished yet!!I was recon for the 18th airborne Corps Atrp 1/7 Cav ,1st Cav
  • NiccoHelNiccoHel Member Posts: 1,519 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:does anyone remember the stupid woman from i think new york that doused herself with gasoline and threatened to set herself on fire if we didnt pull out of saudi arabia? what are some of the things that stick out in your mind from that time?

    i vaguely recall that... what a *. reminds me of that equally stupid chick that got bulldozed protesting the israel/palestine crappola.
  • woodguruwoodguru Member Posts: 2,850
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by pointman821
    does anyone remember the stupid woman from i think new york that doused herself with gasoline and threatened to set herself on fire if we didnt pull out of saudi arabia? what are some of the things that stick out in your mind from that time?


    My dad who flew C-5's on reserve told my mom he might be deployed in a way that clipped his income or hurt the flow of civil service versus active duty. He asked her to pull the wage garnishment she had to pay an attorney $4500 to get because he wouldn't do it voluntarily, which she did against everyone in the family's advice. The POS stopped paying her even though he had no disruption to his pay.

    I tried to get her to get a half million dollar life insurance policy on him with double indemnity and gave her a 100% assurance she wouldn't have to wait long to get it. She's a more forgiving soul than I am I'm afraid. Actually she was pretty sure I'd do it.
  • glock36glock36 Member Posts: 1 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Being in mop suit for hours and hours.
  • DBMJR1DBMJR1 Member Posts: 1,849 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Trying to warm up with one of those kerosene stoves in the morning, while playing chess with the chaplain, and eating ranger pudding. Yum!

    Scorpion vs Camel Spider----Great fun, and profitable.

    Trading C-4 for SMORS with the Cav escort assigned to us.

    Living in a MOPP suit, 24/7.

    Cutting the barrel on a captured 155mm, with a diamond charge.


    People sending sunscreen, and wishing for wool socks.
  • Walter JWalter J Member Posts: 2 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Oil well smoke, Millions of flies, Dust storms, Wandering camel herds
    Sand bags, Mission Inn, The Pentagon, Khobar Towers, MREs, KKMC, More flies, Hafar al batin, Pipeline Road, Log Bases, Loving A-10s, Wind, wind, wind.
  • diver-rigdiver-rig Member Posts: 6,310 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hooking walkmans up to the intercom systems in m1's for a case of water apiece. Listening to the bbc on our hf radio from 6am to about 10 am when the signal would fail. Raiding broke down trucks for ammo for our unit. We were issued 15 rds apiece. Brought back a 5 ton load of belted saw ammo. Turning 21 the night the air war started. sitting in my hole drinking near beer watching the fire works.
  • TurboBirdTurboBird Member Posts: 1 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I am torn between knocking out our V-packs and the smell of burning poop and diesel in the morning being stirred by yours truly most of the time. The homemade davey slings were fun I could throw a rock 100 yards and the fact that from december to june i never had one solid stool. For those of you camped out on tanks and in tents for months on end as we did remember how much the simple things like walking on solid ground gave us so much pleasure D co 1/2nd ACR
  • wittynbearwittynbear Member Posts: 4,518
    edited November -1
    I was in the 10th grade and was about to turn 16, getting a drivers license, skipping school with friends, playing football and baseball, and trying to get into one of the cheerleaders' pants was my world. We watched stuff getting blown up everyday on TV in JROTC, but other than that I didn't pay too much attention to it.
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