On August 2nd 1990, under the direction of Saddam Hussein, Iraq launched an unprovoked attack on its much-smaller neighbor to the south, Kuwait. A coalition of nations was quickly formed to protect other friendly nations in the area such as Saudi Arabia and, by the 7th of August, American troops were on their way to the Middle East as part of Operation Desert Shield. It would become the largest deployment of troops and equipment from the USA since the Vietnam War. After Iraq failed to listen to the demands of the United Nations, on January 17, 1991 Operation Desert Storm commenced to free Kuwait and send a message to Iraq’s ruling regime.
The operation was an overwhelming military success for the American and Coalition forces. The battle against the world’s fourth largest army was over quickly and decisively once the land campaign started. It was a conflict that not only reaffirmed America’s pride in our military might, but it was also the first war to be brought live right into our living rooms as it unfolded.
Although the battle was over quickly, there were several significant things about the war:
- It was a combined effort of a coalition of over 34 nations standing united by each other
- More than 500,000 American service members took part in the conflict
- It marked the first time laser guided precision weapons were used in combat to try to maximize damage while limiting civilian casualties
- It was was termed “The Mother of all Battles” by Iraq’s leader and included the largest tank battle in US history
- Three battleships were used by the US Navy in the conflict and it marked the last time that the US Navy will ever use battleships in combat
- The coalition troops were constantly under the threat of an Iraqi chemical attack but the threat never materialized and no large chemical weapons stores were found in the country
Kuwait was liberated and the Coalition forces severely damaged the Iraqi Army’s offensive capabilities and sent a message to the rest of the world what a single minded coalition was able to achieve.
There is one other thing that the “1st Gulf War” is known for; it is the largest American war of the 20th Century without a memorial. Yes, the show of force was overwhelming and the victory decisive, but that makes no less the sacrifice of the 379 American and Allied service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in the conflict.
There is a strong movement led by veterans of the conflict to get the monument built, but it is moving slowly. Congress had already approved the project in 2014 by a wide margin and agreed to build the memorial in Washington, DC.
It is time to pay the veterans and those brave souls that lost their lives in the conflict the respect they deserve. There is no greater honor a service member can do for their country than when they are prepared to sacrifice all for its greater good; because of that we owe them all the support we can give them by getting this 1st Gulf War memorial built as quickly as possible. Spread the word to your family and friends about this noble cause to put more pressure on our sometimes slow moving politicians to get this memorial done at a much faster pace than is taking place now.
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