Louisiana Marines in the Persian Gulf War
The Louisiana marines landed in Al Jubial, Saudi Arabia on December 31, 1990 and spent the first weeks of their deployment preparing for chemical and biological weapons attacks—a major concern since Iraq's dictator, Saddam Hussein, had threatened to use them to repel an American invasion. When the air war (Operation Desert Storm) began on January 16, 1991, the HML-767 was sent into action, flying command and control missions around the clock to support U.S. air power. As helicopter mechanics and technicians, Loupe, Sheets, and St. Clair worked grueling 12-hour shifts to keep UH-1N “Huey” and AH-1T "Cobra"
When the ground war got underway on February 24, the HML-767 supported the 2nd Marine Division by providing armed air support, flying Medivac and command and control missions, and performing psychological operations (psyops). Psyops involved dropping demoralizing pamphlets and broadcasting demoralizing audio over enemy fortified positions to convince them to surrender without a fight. Indeed, most Iraqi soldiers did give up very easily, which was one of the main reasons for a quick American victory in the ground war.
The HML-767 performed brilliantly and even received a Navy Unit Commendation (NUC) for its intense flight schedule and superior flight readiness record. More important, though, the Louisiana-based unit played an important role in minimizing American casualties and helping America win the war.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm.
Location. 30° 13.695′ N, 90° 54.779′ W. Marker is in Gonzales, Louisiana, in Ascension Parish. Memorial can be reached from South Irma Boulevard, 0.3 miles north of East Worthey Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gonzales LA 70737, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Persian Gulf War (here, next to this marker); "The Mother of All Battles Has Begun!"
More about this marker. Located in the Gonzales Veterans Memorial Park
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 12, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 12, 2018.