Letters to the Editor
While the staff at VFW magazine appreciates all the feedback we
get, there is simply not enough room in Mail Call each month to publish
all letters to the editor. The following are in response to our January 2011
issue, but were not able to be printed in a subsequent issue.
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What You Said About the January 2011 Issue
I served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the 11th Marine Regiment Counter Battery Radar. On the cover of the January 2011 issue, I am the Marine in the middle on top of an S-250. It was out first day in-country, Aug. 14, 1990. This issue is a collectible for me and my family.
Re: “For Unit Valor in Battle.” The “crewmember” on page 18 is Ben Pennington, an Air Force pararescue jumper.
I enjoyed the January 2011 issue of VFW magazine and its dedication to the Gulf War. I think that the editors really did a great job in the synopsis of the war with one exception. The only mention of Navy involvement was of battle groups, amphibious groups and forces in the Gulf. No mention to the support of the fleet hospitals. I was with a fleet hospital made up of more than 1,200 medical practitioners that were recalled reservists from all over the U.S. They, too, should be recognized.
Re: “Deadly Clandestine Encounter Launched War for ‘All-Americans.’ ” You nailed this story. We did exactly what you wrote. The Foreign Legion troops were excellent tactical fighters. I have a friend retiring from the Foreign Legion, and he claims he has the after-action reports from their perspective, and it pays “great tribute” to us.
As far as the political outcome, we couldn’t go after Saddam Hussein in 1991. The King made it very clear the war had to be over by Ramadan, and Kuwait had to be retaken. After 70 years of trying to gain entry to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. had a clear road in, and nothing was going to stand in our way.
The difference between then and now? This was all before September 11, 2001. There wasn’t really any national incentive.
As I look back over the last 20 years, we should have removed Saddam
Hussein from power in 1991. Well, better late than never. Our troops
have done an outstanding job under difficult leadership and logistics.
Thank you to all veterans, past, present and future.
Just wanted to congratulate you on the special January 2011 issue devoted to 1991 Persian Gulf War veterans. I especially like the articles entitled “Gulf War Illness: A Practical Guide” and “America’s War in the Persian Gulf: A GI’s Combat Chronology, 1991.” In fact, we like them so much that we will be passing out copies to members of the United Auto Workers network of veterans representatives at an upcoming conference.
Frederick F. Sona, Jr.