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Last Post 25 Nov 2019 11:39 PM by Arctic Bosun. 2 Replies.
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25 Nov 2019 01:21 PM
    This month is the anniversary of Operation Desert Shield. I was pulling reserve duty onboard the CGC Mustang. The Mustang was assigned to patrol the oil terminals at Port of Valdez. The gunner’s mate was granted shore leave. As the reserve bos’un I was assigned to substitute for the gunner’s mate during the Port of Valdez patrol.

    A message was upon our return to homeport at Seward, Alaska. The message awarded the National Defense Medal and ribbon to the crew. The crew seemed excited about receiving the award. In my opinion at the time, they seemed overly excited to the point that I needed some clarification. So, I asked the assembled crew, “Why such enthusiasm? Did all’ya’all get one of these during ‘Nam?” A stunned silence, a deafening silence, and stares was the crew’s response. Oh, oh, faux pas, major faux pas. Finally, the captain spoke up, replying, “C.T. I was wearing short pants and was in the 2nd grade during Viet Nam.

    I had such respect for the crew’s professionalism that I hadn’t realized the age gap between the active duty crew and this reservist until that moment.
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    25 Nov 2019 02:51 PM
    Operation Desert Shield was from August 1990 to January 1991. I remember because when it started my husband had just left for OCS. When Operation Desert Storm started, we were unpacking boxes in New Orleans and it was the day after our wedding anniversary. He wanted to go over then but command told him he was too green an Ensign to go. Many years later, after our divorce, he finally had orders to Iraq for a year. Served at COTP in Umm Qasr. We were divorced a good 10 years by then... I prayed every night to keep him safe and sent care packages.
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    25 Nov 2019 11:39 PM

    Posted By Old Guard2 on 25 Nov 2019 02:51 PM
    Operation Desert Shield was from August 1990 to January 1991..."

    You are correct and I stand corrected regarding the timeline. Your reply is appreciated.
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