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NC vets reflect on Desert Storm

Posted January 16, 2011

— In the 20 years since the U.S. launched air strikes over Baghdad to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi invasion, veterans in North Carolina have reflected on their service.

In an event Sunday at Cape Fear museum in Fayetteville, veterans also drew comparisons between their time in the Middle East and the conflict that continues there today.

"We did a good job. We won," said Chris Woodson, an Army National Guard veteran.

Air Force veteran Jim Greathouse said he couldn't believe 20 years has passed since he fought in the 42-day offensive.

Greathouse was one of about 20 veterans who gathered at the museum to share their experiences and take a moment to remember the conflict.

Probyn Thompson helped bring the vets together and compile items from his time in the war.

"I knew the time was coming up. I was thinking about what I could do and I started pulling some of my old material from the war," said Thompson, an Air Force vet.

Desert storm aboard USS NASSAU Local veterans look back on Operation Desert Storm

Tables inside the museum were lined with certificates, boots, trading cards and other memorabilia from Operation Desert Storm. Vets shared their stories and compared their experiences to the battles being fought today in Iraq.

"They use their cell phones to call home," Greathouse said. "I called home once in that whole time period. That was the one telephone call I had."

But while technology has changed, Greathouse said, the soldiers' dedication remains the same.



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  • gunny462 Jan 17, 2011

    "My 'right' is not 'compliments' of any government. I remind you of the words of the Declaration of Independence.My 'rights' are from God and Him alone, not some government"

    And which all of your given rights are PROTECTED BY WHOM?.You just don't get it. Your rights have been protected by a Grunt, Airman, Jarhead, Coastie and Swab everyday of your low life. How may you ask? Being on the front lines regardless if it's over the pond or here.

    "searching the Constitution of these United States I don't seem to find the power of this government to 'protect' any other nation except THIS one"

    U.S. Constitution: First Amendment
    Maintenance of National Security and the First Amendment:

    Preservation of the security of the Nation from its enemies, FOREIGN and domestic, is the obligation of government and one of the FOREMOST reasons for government to exist.

  • AF Flight Nurse Jan 17, 2011

    Maybe we ought to re-think some parts of this conversation and thank a vet every opportunity we are given, all the more reason if they are ground forces (Marine, Army, etc) for "taking the bullet" every time the DoD literally sets foot anywhere in the world.

  • gman007 Jan 17, 2011

    Caveman, as long as there are people like your family, my family, and Shakings (thanks).

  • u stand corrected Jan 17, 2011

    Caveman93 Wondering myself.

  • u stand corrected Jan 17, 2011

    freddyfrank81... We are all Americans but not all have served in such a capacity.
    Remember JFK... "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country."
    Some people just take...

  • u stand corrected Jan 17, 2011

    Sorry gman007 read it wrong. I am SOOO fired!

  • Caveman93 Jan 17, 2011

    It may be a cliche' these days Caveman, but I do believe your freedom to post your comments on golo, or anywhere else, is a direct result of your family's sacrifice.

    You are absolutley correct my friend!! +1000 Suppose you can tell me how much longer I can enjoy said freedom?

  • u stand corrected Jan 17, 2011

    Glad you don't have to find out...
    Ignorance is bliss.

  • freddyfrank81 Jan 17, 2011

    nighttrain2010.... Go thank a vet for the ability to post your opinions here... Last I checked, we are all Americans. I'm surprised you brought God into the equation being a liberal.

  • gman007 Jan 17, 2011

    It may be a cliche' these days Caveman, but I do believe your freedom to post your comments on golo, or anywhere else, is a direct result of your family's sacrifice.