Tanker Tuesday – Desert Storm

| March 16, 2021

For anyone who was there in February 1991, these videos should bring back some memories. We know a few who were there and have left us too soon.

The M1 Abrams at 73 Easting takes out the Iraqi opposition:



3-Day battle Desert Storm 2/27/1991



Category: Desert Storm, Iraq, Kuwait

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  1. The main gate at the NY Navy yard AKA Brooklyn Navy Yard had Marines on each side of the gate sandbagged in with M-60 MG’s on top of the bags. Going to Newark Airport on the 1-9 truck route, I saw flat bed trains moving with Tanks on them. My friend Jerry who did two tours in Viet Nam/Purple Heart and Silver Star stayed in the Army Reserves and went over attached to an NBC unit. He’s now getting dementia and as a retiree had Tricare but never signed up with the VA and conditions are forcing him to join up but he lost his DD214 and other paperwork so I made a copy of the 180 form from this site to give to him so he can mail it in and get his 214. Tricare must have his records of being in the Reserves but I’m not sure. Would anyone now on Tricare know if they keep those records??? I don’t remember if I told his Wife to call them up or not to check.

  2. KoB says:

    “Murica…HELL YES!

    Too bad Colin Powell didn’t let “The Bear” finish what was started.

    My Boy was a Brad Gunner in 3/15 24th Mech.

    • UpNorth says:

      My oldest son was an LAV-AT driver in 1st LAV BN. He was a PFC at the time, retired from the USMC as a Master Sergeant in 2015.

  3. Sapper3307 says:

    1st Armored Division.
    Good times

    • MarineDad61 says:

      <– From January…
      Direct / General Support Maintenance for 1st and 3rd.
      GSE/CE/FM radio.
      3623rd Maint. Co, PAARNG
      Followed the path north on the 3rd day,
      on a pick mission into Iraq (then Kuwait),
      4 deuces, 8 men, to deliver supplies to 2 EPW compounds,
      then trundled EPWs in long convoys east and south.
      Back to my unit in 6 days.

  4. Sapper3307 says:

    Went back in 05, the tank grave yard in Kuwait made my hairs stand up.

  5. Milo Mindbender says:

    I was a PFC running out of Daharan bringing the beans, bullets, and benzene to the forward locations 30 years ago. I did not perform any feats of heroism nor did I fire my weapon in anger.
    I was a pouge and I knew it. Hope no one thinks less of me for admitting it.

    • SFC D says:

      I ran a TRC-170 relay site halfway between Riyadh and KKMC for 5 months. I’m pogier-than-thou.

    • ChipNASA says:

      I can beat you there.
      We had a couple of folks deploy and some go on full orders.
      My commander went for I think a few months, enough to be in theater to get that medal/ribbon whatever for Lt Col and such.
      I volunteered and got deployed running the port at NAS Norfolk, while the active duty guys got forward deployed.
      We were backfill. I did the same for Somalia.
      I was deployed to Dover. Delaware. Not even England. LOL
      So there!! Oh an dover the next 15 years, I never made it “In Theater” so….I leave you with the biggest thing from my Chairforceness…

  6. OWB says:

    I may or may not have produced some load plans to haul stuff that sorta looked like what’s in the vids for air transport in theatre. Part of the total tonnage was on an aircraft I had never for reals done any preparation for shipment. Found a former loadmaster on that aircraft to instruct me on what adjustments could be made for real world contingency plans. If any of that actually happened, there may have been a few extra ventilation holes in the aircraft after off loading the Army toys.

    Great fun all around.

    • ChipNASA says:

      Wait the just holy fuck…
      You are/were not Chairforce and you weren’t a 605/2T2, no we JUST changed the AFSCs right about that time…I don’t remember exactly which year but maybe it was 92, but I digress…
      How in the God is Greatness were you doing loadplans? and WHAT aircraft?
      My curiosity is piqued.
      Chimp at the Aerial Port…. DAWG!!!

      • OWB says:

        How? Just part of the job. Long story, but former 605XX who went to DS/DS/DS as a loggie. Also, former ALCE augmentee, and seemed to ALWAYS be either doing or teaching load planning. What? Anything and everything in the fleet. Mostly peacetime, but doing contingency planning was waaaaay more fun.

        DAWG, you say? Maybe ‘nough said, and more than need be shared? Affirmative??

  7. CCO says:

    I joined because of Desert Shield/Storm, or really because of the guilt I felt after my cousin’s National Guard husband (a grandfather) was sent to Saudi.