Desert Storm Memorial

Posted: June 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

More than 20 years after the end of the first Gulf War, veterans of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield don’t have a national memorial honoring their war experience. Now, one Tennessee lawmaker wants to change that. Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) on 8 JUN introduced new legislation to create a memorial “dedicated to the valor and sacrifices” of troops who fought in that conflict. The measure would establish the National Desert Storm Memorial Association, to handle fundraising, planning and construction for the marker. No federal funds would be used for the work under Roe’s plan. According to Defense Department Statistics, nearly 700,000 troops served in that war. A total of 382 troops gave their lives during the operations, including 147 combat deaths. Another 467 troops were wounded in the fight. [Source: Stars & Stripes Leo Shane article 8 Jun 2012 ++]


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