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Do you know your Persian Gulf, Desert Storm, & Shield Medals?

Do you know your Persian Gulf, Desert Storm, & Shield Medals? 0

 

IS 1st Cavalry deploy to Saudi Desert at the start of the Gulf War. Credit Greg English
Responding to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, troops of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division deploy across the Saudi desert Nov. 4, 1990, during preparations prior to the Gulf War. (AP Photo/ Greg English)
 
The Gulf War which is also known as the Persian Gulf War, First Gulf War, Gulf War I, Kuwait War, First Iraq War or Iraq War.
Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991), codenamed Operation Desert Shield (2 August 1990 – 17 January 1991) for operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia.
Operation Desert Storm (17 January 1991 – 28 February 1991) in its combat phase, was a war waged by coalition forces from 35 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait.
Some dates of the major events of the 1990–1991 war. It began with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990 and ended with the Liberation of Kuwait by Coalition forces. Iraq subsequently agreed to the United Nations' demands on 28 February 1991. The war officially concluded with the signing of the armistice on 11 April 1991.
Some major events in the aftermath include anti-Saddam Hussein uprisings in Iraq, massacres against the Kurds by the regime, Iraq formally recognizing the sovereignty of Kuwait in 1994, and eventually ending its cooperation with the United Nations Special Commission in 1998.

 

Highway of death Kuwait, desert storm, desert shield
An overhead view of the infamous "Highway of Death", the name given to Highway 80 following the carnage visited upon the Iraqi forces who used it as they retreated out of Kuwait, 1991

 

Medals 

“Persian Gulf War, First Gulf War, Gulf War I, Kuwait War, First Iraq War or Iraq War, Desert Storm and Desert Shield."

What are medals Service Member would earn? Here are the common three.

1. Southwest Asia Service Medal (SASM)

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Southwest Asia Service Medal

 

     

    2. Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabian Version)

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    Kuwait Persian Gulf Desert Storm Desert Shield Veterans

     

    3. Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait Version)

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