This Day in History – The Ground Offensive Begins…

On February 23, 1991 at 8 p.m. Eastern time (4 a.m., Feb 24 – God Forsaken Desert Time) the ground offensive, led by the Marines, and Allied troops crossed the borders into Kuwait.

The abbreviated version of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm:

On the morning of August 2, 1990 the mechanized infantry, armor, and tank units of the Iraqi Republican Guard invaded Kuwait and seized control of that country.  The invasion triggered a United States response, Operation DESERT SHIELD, to deter any invasion of Kuwait’s oil rich neighbor, Saudi Arabia.  On August 7, deployment of U.S. forces began.

United Nations Security Council Resolutions 660 and 662 condemned Iraq’s invasion and annexation and called for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Iraqi forces.  On August 20 President Bush signed National Security Directive 45, “U.S. Policy in Response to the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait,” outlining U.S. objectives – which included the “immediate, complete, and unconditional withdrawal of all Iraqi forces from Kuwait,” and the “restoration of Kuwait’s legitimate government to replace the puppet regime installed by Iraq.” A U.N. ultimatum, Security Council Resolution 678, followed on November 29, 1990.

It stipulated that if Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein did not remove his troops from Kuwait by January 15, 1991 a U.S.-led coalition was authorized to drive them out.  Early in the morning of January 17, Baghdad time, the U.S.-led coalition launched air attacks against Iraqi targets.  On February 24, coalition ground forces begin their attack.  On February 27, Kuwait City was declared liberated, and with allied forces having driven well into Iraq, President Bush and his advisers decided to halt the war.  A cease-fire took effect at 8:00 the following morning.

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U.S. Casualties:

  • Army: 98 battle; 105 nonbattle
  • Navy 6 battle; 8 nonbattle
  • Marines: 24 battle; 26 nonbattle
  • Air Force: 20 battle; 6 nonbattle
  • Women killed, 15

Lest We Forget. Please take a moment to remember these fallen heroes of Operations Desert Shield/Storm and their families.

Adams, Thomas Ray Jr Alaniz, Andy Allen, Frank Choai Allen, Michael Ray
Ames, David Robert Anderson, Michael Fredrick Applegate, Tony Ray Arteaga, Jorge Isaac
Atherton, Steven Eric Auger, Alan Randy Avey, Hans Christian Richard Awalt, Russell Frank
Bartusiak, Stanley Walter Bates, Donald Ray Bates, Tommie William Beaudoin, Cindy Marie
Belas, Lee Arthur Belliveau, Michael Louis Benningfield, Alan Harden Bentzlin, Stephen Eric
Benz, Kurt Allen Betz, Dennis William Bianco, Scott Francis Bland, Thomas Clifford Jr
Blessinger, John Perry Blue, Tommy Angelo Bnosky, Jeffrey John Boliver, John August Jr
Bongiorni, Joseph Phillip III Bowers, Tyrone Roneya Bowman, Charles Leroy Jr Boxler, John Thomas
Brace, William Carl Bradt, Douglas Lloyd Bridges, Cindy Deanna Jane Brilinski, Roger Paul Jr
Brogdon, Tracy Darlene Brooks, Tyrone Michael Brown, Christopher Beernard Brown, Darrell Kenneth
Brown, James Robert Budizan, Steven A. Buege , Paul Garfield Bunch, Ricky Lee
Burt, Paul Lawrence Butch, Michael Richard Butler, Tommy Don Butts, William Thomas
Cady, Andrew Talbot Caldwell, Thomas Robert Calloway, Kevin Lee Campisi, John Francis
Carr, Jason Charles Carranza, Hector Jr Carrington, Monray Corzere Cash, Clarence Allen
Chapman, Christopher Jones Chase, Richard Warren Chinburg, Michael Leo Clark, Barry Maxwell
Clark, Beverly Sue Clark, Larry Marcellous Clark, Otto Frank Clark, Steven Douglas
Cleyman, Marc Hugh Codispodo, Edward Michael Cohen, Gerald Anthony Collins, Melford Ray
Connelly, Mark Alan Conner, Michael Ray SR Connor, Patrick Kelley Cooke, Barry Thomas
Cooke, Michael Dennis Cooper, Ardon Bradley Cooper, Charles William Cooper, Dallas Ray
Cormier, Dale Thomas Costen, William Thompson Cotto, Ismael Crask, Gary Wayne
Craver, Alan Brent Crockford, James Frederick Cronin, William David Jr Cronquist, Mark Richard
Cross, Shirley Marie Crumby, David Ray Jr Cunningham, James Bernard Curtin, John Joseph
Dailey, Michael Craig Jr Damian, Roy Tydingo Jr Daniel, Candace Moriah Daniels, Michael David
Danielson, Donald Daugherty, Robert Lawrence Jr Davila, Manuel Michael Davis, Marty Revohn
Dees, Tatiana Delagneau, Rolando Adolfo Delgado, Delwin Delgado, Luis Roberto
Diffenbaugh, Thomas Michael Dillon, Gary Scott Dillon, Young Min Dolvin, Kevin Ray
Donaldson, Patrick Anthony Dougherty, Joseph Douglas III Douthit, David Quentin Douthit, David Allen
Durrell, Robert Lee Dwyer, Robert John Edwards, Jonathan Ross Eichenlaub, Paul Richard II
Fails, Dorothy Lee Fajardo, Mario Farnen, Steven Paul Felix, Eliseo Celestino
Fielder, Douglas Lance Finneral, George Scott Fitz, Michael Lloyd Fleming, Anthony Javanne.
Fleming, Joshua John Fontaine, Gilbert A. Foreman, Ira Lynn Fowler, John Clinton
Galvan, Arthur Gardner, Samuel Melvin Jr Garrett, Mike Alan Garvey, Philip M
Garza, Arthur Oscar Garza, Daniel Gay, Pamela Yvette Gentry, Kenneth Blane
Gillespie, John Howard Gilliland, David Alan Godfrey, Robert Gary Gologram, Mark Joseph
Gordon, John Miller Graybeal, Daniel Eugene Gregory, Troy Lorenzo Grimm, William David
Guerrero, Jorge Luis Haddad, Albert George Haggerty, Thomas Joseph Hailey, Garland Vance
Hampton, Tracy Hancock, Joe Henry Hansen, Steven Mark Harris, Michael Anthony
Harrison, Timothy Roger Hart, Adrian Jay Hatcher, Raymond Elijah Haws, Jimmy Dewayne
Hawthorne, James Dale Hector, Wade Elliott Hedeen, Eric Douglas Hein, Kerry Peter
Hein, Leroy Emil Henderson, Barry Keith Henrygaray, Luis A Herr, David Rohrer
Herrera, Rosendo Heyden, James Paul Heyman, David Lawrence Hill, Timothy Eugene
Hills, Kevin John Hoage, Adam Todd Hodges, Robert Kevin Hogan, Larry Gene
Holland, Donnie Ray Hollen, Duane Writner Hollenbeck, David Clarence Holt, William Aaron
Holyfield, Ron Randall Hook, Peter Samuel Horwath, Raymond Louis Howard, Aaron Winship
Hughes, Robert Joseph Hulec, Rande Jay Hull, Daniel Vance Hurley, Patrick Robert
Hurley, William Joseph Hutchison, Mark Edward Hutto, John Wesley Huyghue, Wilton L
Jackson, Arthur Jackson, Kenneth Jerome Jackson, Mark David Jackson, Timothy Jerome
James, Jimmy Wesley Jarrell, Thomas Randall Jenkins, Thomas Allen Jock, Dale William
Joel, Daniel Dean Jones, Alexander Jones, Daniel Mooers Jones, Glen Dean
Jones, Phillip John Josiah, Troy Kamm, Jonathan Hall Kanuha, Damon Valentine Keaw
Keller, Kenneth Thomas Kelley, Patrick Shannon Kemp, Nathaniel Henry Keough, Frank Scott
Kidd, Anthony Wayne Kilkus, John Robert Kime, Joseph Gordon King, Jerry Leon
Kirk, Reuben Gideon Knutson, Lonty Aaron Koritz, Thomas Flagg Kramer, David Walter
Kutz, Edwin Brian Lake, Victor Theodore Lamoureaux, Dustin Craig Lane, Brian Lee
Lang, James Michael Larson, Thomas Stewart Lawton, Lorraine Kerstin Lee, Richard Ruffin
Lewis, Ralph Ernest Linderman, Michael Eugene Lindsey, J Scott Long, William Edward
Love, James Hartman Lumpkins, James Henry Lupatsky, Daniel Madison, Anthony Erik
Mahan, Gary Wayne Maks, Joseph Dillon Malak, George Nassif Manns, Michael Nunnally
Martin, Christopher Andre Mason, Steven Glen Matthews, Kelly Lynn May, James Blaine
Mayes, Christine Lynn Mccarthy, Eugene Thomas Mccoy, James Robert Mccreight, Brent Allen
Mcdougle, Melvin Dennis Mckinney, Carol Louise Mckinsey, Daniel Clayton Mcknight, Bobby Lewis
Middleton, Jeffery Thomas Miller, James Robet Miller, Mark Allen Mills, Michael Ward
Mills, Randal Craig Mitchell, Adrienne Lynette Mitchem, Earnest Frank Mobley, Phillip Dean
Moller, Nels Andrew Mongrella, Garett Adam Monroe, Michael Neal Monsen, Lance Milo
Montalvo, Candelario Jr Moran, Thomas Joseph Morgan, Donald Wayne Morgan, John Kendall
Mullin, Jeffrey Edward Murphy, Donald Thomas Murphy, Joe Murray, James Clarence
Myers, Donald Ray Neberman, James F Neel, Randy Lee Nelson, Rocky John
Noble, Shawnacee Loren Noline, Michael A. Noonan, Robert Allan O’brien, Cheryl Lorraine
Oelschlager, John Lee Oliver, Arthur Dwayne Olson, Jeffry Jon Olson, Patrick Brian
Ortiz, Patbouvier Enrique Pack, Aaron Alan Paddock, John Michael Palmer, William Fitzgerald
Parker, Fred Russell Jr Patterson, Anthony Troy Paulson, Dale Leonard Perez, Daniel Guillermo
Perry, Kenneth James Phillips, Kellyá D Phillis, Stephen Richard Plasch, David Gordon
Plummer, Marvin Jerome Plunk, Terry Lawrence Poole, Ramono Levias Poremba, Kip Anders
Porter, Christian Jay Poulet, James Bernard Powell, Dodge Randell Price, Richard Mark
Rainwater, Norman Ray Jr Randazzo, Ronald Milton Reel, Jeffery David Reichle, Hal Hooper
Reid, Fredrick Arthur Rennison, Ronald David Ritch, Todd Christopher Rivera, Manuel Jr
Rivers, Ernest Robinette, Stephen Ray Robson, Michael Robert Rodriguez, Eloy Angel Jr
Rollins, Jeffrey Allan Romei, Timothy William Rose, Peter Jon Rossi, Marie Therese
Rush, Scott Alan Russ, Leonard Allen San Juan, Archimedes Panabe Sanders, Henry Junior
Sapien, Manuel Bernardo Jr Satchell, Baldwin Lovell Schiedler, Matthew James Schmauss, Mark John
Scholand, Thomas James Schramm, Stephen Gerald Schroeder, Scott Arthur Schuldt, Bradley Robert
Scott, Brian Patrick Seay, Timothy Bernard Settimi, Jeffrey A Shaw, David Alan
Shaw, Timothy Alan Sheffield, Edward Eugene Sherlock, Robert James Sherry, Kathleen Marie
Shukers, Jeffrey Warren Siko, Stephen Julius Simpson, Brian Keith Smith, James Arthur Jr
Smith, James Melvin Jr Smith, Michael Sean Smith, Russell Griffin Jr Snyder, David Timothy
Snyder, John Mather Spackman, Brian Keith Speicher, Jeffrey William Speicher, Michael Scott
Spellacy, David Michael Squires, Otha Bennett Jr Stephens, Christoper Scott Stephens, John Bradley
Stephenson, Dion James Stewart, Anthony Dashawn Stewart, Roderick Ternail Stokes, Adrian Leonard
Stone, Thomas Gerald Streeter, Gary Eugene Strehlow, William Allen Stribling, Earl K
Summerall, Roy Junior Swano, Peter Lawrence Swartzendruber, George Richar Sylvia, James Henry Jr
Talley, Robert D Tapley, David Lloyd Tatum, James David Thomas, Phillip Jessie
Thorp, James Kevin Tillar, Donaldson Preston III Tormanen, Thomas Robert Trautman, Steven Robert
Turner, Charles John Underwood, Reginald Coutney Valentine, Craig Eugene Valentine, Roger Edward
Vegavelazquez, Mario Vigrass, Scott Nolie Villarreal, Carpio Jr Viquez, Carlos Alberto
Volden, Robert Lee Wade, Robert Crtis Waldron, James Eric Walker, Charles Scott
Walker, Daniel B Wallington, Michael Craig Walls, Frank James Walrath, Thomas Eugene
Walters, Dixon Lee Wanke, Patrick Anthony Ware, Bobby Maurice Warne, David Albert
Weaver, Brian Paul Weaver, Paul Jennings Wedgewood, Troy Michael Welch, Lawrence Norman
West, John Doege Whittenburg, Scotty Lynn Wieczorek, David Mark Wilbourn, James Newton III
Wilcher, James Wilkinson, Phillip L Williams, Jonathan Mathew Winkle, Corey Lee
Winkley, Bernard Sean Witzke, Harold Paul III Wolverton, Richard Vincent Worthy, James Earl
Wright, Kevin Edward Zabel, Cark Wesley Zeugner, Thomas C.M

Eric served with Golf Company, Second Battalion/Fourth Marine Regiment – 2nd Marine Division ( Task Force Spartan ) – As an 0311 and Fireteam Leader during Operation Desert Storm.


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