Saturday, March 5, 2016

Operation Desert Storm Veteran Remembers the Price of War

Goshen Air Force veteran recalls Persian Gulf War
Associated Press
By BRUNO MATARAZZO JR.
Saturday, March 5, 2016

TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) - Soldiers suffered burns, broken bones and amputations. The trip from the various MASH units to the military hospital in Germany during Operation Desert Storm meant an airplane ride for injured troops.

Often, Donald Sage of Goshen was with them.

Now retired, the Air Force master sergeant from the 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts was part of a crew of Air Force reserve soldiers who transported injured soldiers during the war in 1991.

The Persian Gulf War ended 25 years ago on Feb. 28, when President George H.W. Bush declared a ceasefire.

“Kuwait is liberated. Iraq’s army is defeated. Our military objectives are met,” Bush announced in a brief television address from the Oval Office the night before the cease fire.

It went into effect at midnight on the East Coast of the U.S.; 8 a.m. in Kuwait and Iraq.
“If you weren’t deployed over there, a lot of them don’t think that they deserve to be recognized, which is completely wrong,” Sage said. ” … If they weren’t doing their jobs back here, there wouldn’t be people over there.”
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