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WireDog
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Jul 11th, 2018 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is yet another explosion experience. This happened in Kuwait several months after the Invasion in 1991. A heater malfunctioned in an armored ammunition carrier in a Self Propelled Howitzer Battery. It set off a chain of explosions that went on for around five hours.

It got little press back then. The 2nd Squadron of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (2/11 ACR) lost most of it's vehicles and this went down right in the main part of the camp.

No one died in the explosions that day, but three soldiers died during the clean-up when a round exploded. Around fifty were injured, mostly climbing over the wall, the only way to escape the raining debris.

Myself and the guys in my unit were trapped in a corner of the compound and had to climb out of the compound over our own security wall, which took some doing. Like always, I got out with out a scratch.

Camp Doha, Kuwait, ammo explosions

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Jul 11th, 2018 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hard to believe almost 30 years have passed since that happened.

I have a few bad memories from Desert Storm, but many really good ones too. The people I worked with were wonderful, amazing operators who were true patriots in every sense of the word.

Sadly, not all of them made it out of there alive or in one piece.

[salute]

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Jul 12th, 2018 02:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I appreciate your service and am glad you lived to tell the tale.

WireDog
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Jul 12th, 2018 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Needless to say, I did a drawing of the incident a day or two later.

Something I forgot to mention... I have spoken in the past about a run in with a Camel Spider and a pack of horrifying dogs who were wounded and flea infested. That happened the night of this explosion. Our part of the camp was destroyed and uninhabitable, so we had to relocate.

In the video you can clearly see four very tall and distant smokestacks, with white and red stripes. That is the West Doha Power and Water Treatment Plant. My unit was called Task Force Victory (Forward), and about ten of us were the "advance party" sent to the Power Plant to see if we could occupy it. We found it to be infested with dead Iraqis, dogs that had been feeding on them, and associated vermin. I got bit by a verminous creature, either a spider or a flea, and wound up with gangrene in one leg. The morning after the explosion I was running a 105+ degree fever, was shaking with chills was and delirious. It took three levels of antibiotics to stop the bacterial infection that had turned my lower leg purple.

I appreciate your thanks very much, but my goal here is to share with you all the real behind the scenes deal that is military service. I'm sort of uniquely equipped to be able to do that in word and in art.

The truth is, I am thanking you for letting me share this with you. It's almost too much to carry around alone.





Drawing of my fellow soldiers reacting to blast

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Jul 12th, 2018 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wiredog, I have enjoyed all of the paintings/sketches you have posted over the years, but this one, by far affects me the most.

I never served, but my dad did. I know he saw similar horrors in Vietnam and Korea because he has hundreds of slides showing the aftermath. But he will not talk about it.

Thank you for helping me to understand what you and my dad went through.

It can't be said enough. Thank you and all of the servicemen (and women) for your service.

(This message was last edited by NoSoapRadio at 06:14 PM, Jul 12th, 2018)

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Jul 12th, 2018 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don’t recall this at all. I must have been preoccupied and not watching the news back then.

Thanks for posting this.

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Jul 12th, 2018 04:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

The military plays with a lot of really dangerous stuff everyday. They can be in harms way daily without being on the battlefield. Your post demonstrates this. Glad you came back without a scratch, WireDog. At least none we can see...

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(This message was last edited by woody at 06:33 PM, Jul 12th, 2018)

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Jul 12th, 2018 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congratulations on your existence !!!

WireDog
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Jul 12th, 2018 05:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

It got almost no reporting in the US. I called my Ma to tell her I was OK and she had no idea what I was talking about. My wife, in West Germany, saw it on German TV the day it happened.

Looking back, it makes sense that it was ki d kept under wraps. We were THE deterrent in the region to Saddam, whose army was bent but not broken. And we were a smoking pile of scrap metal, for the most part.

The logistical push to reconstituted the 2/11th ACR was a resounding sucess. Three days after the blasts, replacement vehicles from our vast bases in Saudi Arabia rolled in. That was a huge logistical achievement, very rough in those conditions. Depleted Uranium dust was everywhere. It will probably kill me some day, lol!

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