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By Otto J. Lehrack

Oral heritage via Marines who fought to free up Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's invading forces.America's Battalion tells the stories of 1 unit, the third Battalion, third Marines, in the course of Operation barren region Storm—the first Gulf warfare. construction from interviews with the contributors of the batallion, Otto Lehrack examines the character of struggle within the Persian Gulf. The terrain of the Arabian Peninsula and the disposition of the enemy dictated traditional war requiring battalion and regimental attacks coordinated on the department point, so interviewees are essentially the officials and senior non-commissioned officials concerned.The third of the third, sometimes called "America's Battalion," had simply back from deployment in the summertime of 1990 after they have been required to instantly re-deploy to a wierd land to stand a battle-hardened enemy after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Theirs used to be merely the second one Marine battalion to reach in Saudi Arabia. They participated within the first allied flooring operation of the struggle, performed a key position within the conflict for town of Khafji, and have been the 1st to infiltrate the Iraqi twine and minefield barrier that allows you to offer flank safeguard for the start of the allied offensive.Facing an enemy that had used probably the most fearsome guns of mass destruction—chemical and organic agents—against its former rivals and opposed to its personal humans, the Marines have been ready for the worst. Lehrack has documented this unit's impressive functionality during the debts of these who participated within the historical occasions within the Persian Gulf and lower back domestic to inform of them.

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The apprehension built about what we were getting into. The sensation was exactly the same as when I got on the bus to go to boot camp. I was excited. I was looking forward to it and at the same time wondered what was going to happen to me when I got there. I was in a little different situation than the rest of the battalion. About ten days prior to our deployment, with all this apprehension and nervousness, I was riding my bicycle at Pearl Harbor on the bike path and I hit a chicken. The chicken got in the front spokes of my bike.

There was tons of lumber that had been used as dunnage on the ships. So when we did move out, about ten days later, from the warehouses, we took with us seven or eight P7s [LVTP-7 amphibian tractors] full of lumber. Subsequent to that we had three or four trailer loads of pallets brought out. Colonel John H. Admire, CO, Task Force Taro We deployed to areas previously occupied only by nomadic Bedouin tribesmen. The isolated remoteness of the desert sands slowly became less alien and more of an ally—a temporary home.

The pilot got on the intercom and said that they had a lot of expendable supplies on the aircraft. He told us that if it wasn’t nailed down we could take it with us. We walked off with pillows and blankets, bottles of water, cases of soda pop, and sandwiches. The ®ight crew was not allowed off the aircraft, but they stood on the ladder and waved good-bye. They all had their hankies out and were waving. It was a poignant moment, and it shook us a bit because we knew we were severing our ties with the United States.

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