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The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Captain Ken Pope - Liberation of Kuwait (2/27/91) - May 14th, 2003
ArmyHistoryFnd ^ | Kevin Hymel

Posted on 05/14/2003 5:36:11 AM PDT by SAMWolf

Dear Lord,

There's a young man far from home,
called to serve his nation in time of war;
sent to defend our freedom
on some distant foreign shore.

We pray You keep him safe,
we pray You keep him strong,
we pray You send him safely home ...
for he's been away so long.

There's a young woman far from home,
serving her nation with pride.
Her step is strong, her step is sure,
there is courage in every stride.
We pray You keep her safe,
we pray You keep her strong,
we pray You send her safely home ...
for she's been away too long.

Bless those who await their safe return.
Bless those who mourn the lost.
Bless those who serve this country well,
no matter what the cost.

Author Unknown


FReepers from the The Foxhole
join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time.



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Battle on the Basra Road

When CPT Ken Pope led his troop of M1A1 Abrams tanks and M3A2 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicles over a ridge west of the Basra Road on 27 February 1991, he was surprised to find over a dozen Iraqi tanks, armored personnel carriers, and assorted wheeled vehicles with supporting infantry strung out less than 1,000 meters to his front. But the Iraqis were even more surprised. Pope recalled that several Iraqis “were standing outside their vehicles” and added that “it looked like they had stopped for a quick maintenance halt.” It was the fourth day of the U.S. Army’s ground attack against Iraq, and Pope was about to begin his last battle of the Persian Gulf War.

The war resulted from Saddam Hussein’s sudden invasion of its Arab neighbor Kuwait on 2 August 1990. In response to Saddam’s blatant act of aggression, President George Bush ordered U.S. troops, aircraft, and warships to Saudi Arabia to thwart a possible invasion of that country by Iraqi forces. Five days after the invasion, the first U.S. soldiers, a brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division, flew out of Charleston AFB, SC, bound for Saudi Arabia. In time, the entire XVIII Airborne Corps, consisting of four divisions and other units, would be in Saudi Arabia, ready to defend that nation from attack.

By October, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the U.S. Central Command and all Allied forces in Saudi Arabia, had enough troops to maintain a solid defense of Saudi Arabia. Schwarzkopf, however, soon realized that he needed more forces if the Allied coalition decided to drive the Iraqis from Kuwait. By 15 October, Schwarzkopf and his staff began formulating plans for a two corps attack. Less than a month later, President Bush announced the deployment of the U.S. Army’s VII Corps to Saudi Arabia.

By the time Desert Shield became Desert Storm, the U.S. Army had seven divisions, two armored cavalry regiments, and hundreds of other combat and support units in Saudi Arabia. In addition to the Army forces sent to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Navy deployed six carrier battle groups with several hundred aircraft. The U.S. Air Force sent over 1,000 fighter, bomber, tanker, and transport aircraft. In all, Schwarzkopf commanded fifteen divisions, including the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions and several Allied coalition divisions.

The powerful VII Corps was comprised of several heavy armor units, including the 1st and 3rd Armored Divisions, 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Infantry Division (the famed “Big Red One”), 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and the British 1st Armored Division. VII Corps’ objective, once the ground war commenced, was to drive north 100 miles into Iraq and then wheel right and drive east, cutting off the Basra Road, the main route leading north from Kuwait City to Basra, Iraq, and the most likely escape route for fleeing Iraqi armor.

The XVIII Airborne Corps, on the left flank of VII Corps, would also drive north, pivot east farther north of VII Corps, and destroy what was left of the Iraqi ground forces.

As the build up of forces for Desert Shield steadily increased, MG Thomas G. Rhame prepared his 1st Infantry Division for war at Fort Riley, KS. During training, Rhame quickly realized that his cavalry squadrons were understrength and would be unable to effectively deal with Iraqi armored and mechanized forces. As a result, Rhame ordered that more armor be added to his cavalry squadrons. LTC Robert Wilson’s 1/4 Cavalry, of which CPT Pope’s Alpha Troop was a part, received M1A1 tanks while in Kansas and M3A2 Bradleys after the unit arrived in Saudi Arabia. Pope remembered the situation well: “We had formed the troop from scratch at Fort Riley six weeks prior. We were still putting personnel into the vehicles as we began the ground war.”

Alpha Troop was one of four that made up 1/4 Cavalry. Pope commanded two platoons of six Bradleys each and one platoon of two Bradleys and three M1A1s.

The U.S. Army’s doctrine for combat, better known as Air-Land Battle, called for speed and firepower coordinated with artillery and close air support. The weaponry of Pope’s Alpha Troop, along with most of the U.S. Army’s forces in Saudi Arabia, reflected this doctrine.

The M1 Abrams main battle tank and M2/3 Bradley fighting vehicles were the pride of the U.S. armored forces. First introduced to the Army in 1980, the Abrams received numerous upgrades to its weapons, armor, and electronics to ensure its superiority over Soviet armor. The A1 model included a 120mm smoothbore cannon, which replaced the original 105mm main gun, and additional armor added to the front. Another addition to the M1A1 was a new overpressure system that constantly blew air out of hatches and other openings in the tank to prevent contaminants from entering. This overpressure system was considered extremely important for the forces deployed to Saudi Arabia, since they faced an enemy that had employed chemical weapons in its war against Iran and against rebellious Kurds within its own borders. The Abrams had a crew of four: three men, the tank commander, gunner, and loader, in the turret, and one, the driver, in a compartment in the front of the tank.

The M2/3 Bradley was a companion to the Abrams. The M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) was a troop carrying version and was developed to replace the Vietnam War-era M113 APCs, which were considered too slow and too poorly armed and armored to accompany tanks directly into battle. The M3 Cavalry Fighting Vehicle (CFV) used the same chassis as the M2, but was designed as a scout/cavalry vehicle. Both carried a crew of three (commander, driver, gunner), but instead of carrying six dismounts like the M2, the M3 carried two scouts in the rear compartment, whose jobs were, explained Pope, “to dismount the Bradley in any action, check trenches or obstacles, and provide local security for the vehicles.” Both the M2 and M3 were armed with a twin tube TOW missile launcher, 25mm Bushmaster cannon that fired armor piercing and high explosive rounds, and a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. In addition, the Bradley was also equipped with night vision sights that gave the Bradley a distinct advantage over similar Iraqi vehicles.

It was this mixed force of Bradleys and M1A1s that Pope eventually commanded in training and battle through three countries in the Middle East. On 17 January 1991, as the Allied air forces began their attacks on Iraq and enemy forces entrenched in Kuwait, Pope intensified his troop’s training. When the Allies launched the ground campaign on 24 February, he led his men through the Saddam line, Iraq’s initial defense line comprised of trenches, minefields, and other obstacles.

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To: Valin
Thanks for the link and the post Valin.
21 posted on 05/14/2003 7:49:51 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (S)acrifice to random Goddess????)
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To: Reaganwuzthebest; weldgophardline; Mon; AZ Flyboy; feinswinesuksass; Michael121; cherry_bomb88; ...
FALL IN to the FReeper Foxhole!

To be removed from this list, please send me a blank private reply with "REMOVE" in the subject line! Thanks!
22 posted on 05/14/2003 8:04:52 AM PDT by Jen (The FReeper Foxhole - Can YOU dig it?)
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To: AntiJen
Good Morning Jen.
23 posted on 05/14/2003 8:05:45 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (S)acrifice to random Goddess????)
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To: AntiJen
24 posted on 05/14/2003 8:05:57 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: SAMWolf; E.G.C.
Good morning guys! Guess what I'm using right now???
25 posted on 05/14/2003 8:11:33 AM PDT by Jen
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To: AntiJen
Wonderful read(s) . . . thanks for the continued pings Jen. Mach 6!

26 posted on 05/14/2003 8:18:48 AM PDT by w_over_w (I GOLF . . . therefore I SWEAR!)
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To: AntiJen
A new, faster, more powerful Dell?
27 posted on 05/14/2003 8:31:31 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (S)acrifice to random Goddess????)
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To: SAMWolf
Dude, I'm loving my Dell! WoooHooo, it's a screamin' machine!

Great thread today Sam!! I have lots to do today outside the Foxhole, but I hope to be back later to enjoy this thread and visit with my buds here.
28 posted on 05/14/2003 8:46:50 AM PDT by Jen
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To: w_over_w
Thanks for your post and you're welcome for the pings!!!
29 posted on 05/14/2003 8:47:34 AM PDT by Jen
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To: AntiJen
I am sooooooooooooo jealous!
30 posted on 05/14/2003 8:57:11 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (S)acrifice to random Goddess????)
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To: radu; snippy_about_it; TEXOKIE; Bethbg79; LaDivaLoca; cherry_bomb88; beachn4fun; Do the Dew; ...
Current Military News
'A Day in the Life of The United States Armed Forces'

A Navy SEAL - Sea-Air-Land - poses for photographer Nick Kelsh at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Kelsh said the SEAL only agreed to be photographed partly camouflaged by water. The photo is included in a new book, entitled "A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces," which features some 300 photos of service members and DoD officials. Photos from the newly released book are on exhibit at the Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C., until July 8.

Photographer David Hume Kennerly took this picture of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld at 6:22 a.m. on Oct. 22, 2002. Rumsfeld is hard at work en route to the Pentagon. He's driven by security personnel and receives a daily news briefing, which he absorbs on his 20-minute ride to the office.

Coast Guard recruits wait for their eggs to finish cooking at the training center at Cape May, N.J. Photographer Al Diaz wrote that as part of the rigors of their 17-hour day, recruits are required to eat breakfast in silence and always appear clean-shaven – even if it means shaving twice or three times a day.

On Oct. 22, 2002, photographer Arthur Grace, a former Marine lance corporal, revisited boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. One picture he captures shows Staff Sgt. Charles A. Joseph providing extra incentive to a focused recruit.

Photographer Donald R. Winslow shot Navy recruits at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Ill., after they'd been surprised by a fire drill, which sent them out into the pre-dawn cold. Winslow said from the time the alarm sounded, the women had 90 seconds to form up in the parking lot outside their barracks

Photographer Lauren Greenfield was in Parris Island, S.C., on Oct. 22, 2002, when she captured the image of this woman Marine recruit during boot camp. About 2,000 female recruits pass through the Parris Island boot camp every year.

Army Cpl. Eric Wilson photographed 2-year-old Samuel Edwards holding onto to his dad, Sgt. 1st Class Norman Edwards, in Vilseck, Germany. Edwards and his wife, Sgt. 1st Class Benita Edwards, are stationed in Vilseck together.

Tom Stoddart went to Grafenwoer, Germany, to take this picture of Army Spc. Carlos Melvin, a combat engineer wearing temporary staff sergeant's stripes as part of a leadership course for noncommissioned officers. Melvin is holding the folded American flag after it was lowered at the end of the work day.

31 posted on 05/14/2003 10:13:14 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (S)acrifice to random Goddess????)
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To: SAMWolf
Wow Sam what a wonderful collection of photos!

I love all of them. Thank you so much.
32 posted on 05/14/2003 10:19:33 AM PDT by Soaring Feather
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To: AntiJen
I would agree...but the opposition to partial birth abortion is too much for many of the DUers. They hate Lieberman as they see him as a DINO. Many of them would hold their noses and vote for him to get rid of President Bush, but would probably not actively campaign for him. I guess it would be the same if we nominated a Gary Bauer...I would vote for him as he, if elected, would nominate conservative judges, but I feel he would trample many aspects of the Constitution such as the separation of church and state.
Morally, I am opposed to abortion. We shouldn't fund it. We shouldn't do medical research on the fetuses of babies that were medically aborted (but research could be done on spontaneously aborted fetuses)...we should make it as rare as possible by providing alternatives and educating women (graphically if necessary) that what they are doing is murder. Prevent children from terminating life without parental consent. But keep it safe and legal, but extrememly rare. It has been shown in too many circumstances that many people will do whatever they want regardless of laws...prohibition, war on drugs, prostitution, outlawing abortions.
33 posted on 05/14/2003 10:25:37 AM PDT by Abram
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To: AntiJen
Thanks for the ping Jen. :)
34 posted on 05/14/2003 10:27:37 AM PDT by SCDogPapa (In Dixie Land I'll take my stand to live and die in Dixie)
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To: SAMWolf
The pic of the Coast Guard newbies wouldn't do for a recruiting poster. On the other hand, the last one might work for the Navy.

Tanks. :)
35 posted on 05/14/2003 10:31:22 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: snippy_about_it
Yeah, The Army never issued us any babes!!
36 posted on 05/14/2003 10:32:51 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (S)acrifice to random Goddess????)
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To: SAMWolf
37 posted on 05/14/2003 10:50:03 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: SAMWolf; *all

Saturday May 17th

38 posted on 05/14/2003 11:01:32 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: snippy_about_it
Thanks for the reminder Snippy.
39 posted on 05/14/2003 11:04:09 AM PDT by SAMWolf ((A)bort (R)etry (S)acrifice to random Goddess????)
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To: AntiJen
Good day to you. What kind of Dell did you get? I bought one about a year ago, and like my XP. Then this year I went cable modem, so things are much faster still!!!!
40 posted on 05/14/2003 11:07:41 AM PDT by beachn4fun (God Bless our military...our allied military...our real allies....President Bush....and Tony Blair)
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