Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Gulf War
Code Name Desert Shield and Desert Storm
— Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park —
The Gulf War, code named Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Lasted 6 Months, 3 Weeks And 5 Days. In Response to Iraq’s Invasion and annexation of Kuwait on 2 August 1990, the United States led a coalition of 34 nations which brought economic sanctions and International condemnation by the members of the U.N. Security Council.
U.S. President George H. W. Bush deployed U.S. forces, led by General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, into Saudi Arabia and urged other countries to do the same. It was the largest coalition of forces since World War II. The majority of military forces were from the U.S., with Saudi Arabia, The United Kingdom and Egypt as leading financial contributors.
The war is best known for its introduction of live news broadcasts from the front lines of battle and had also earned the nickname 'Video Game War’ after the release of daily broadcasted images on board U.S. bombers. Images of oil fields burning with billowing, thick, black smoke, set on fire by Iraqi military, were also caught on camera.
The initial conflict to expel Iraqi troops from Kuwait began with an aerial bombardment on 17 January
This was a decisive victory for the coalition forces, who liberated Kuwait and advanced into Iraqi territory, the coalition ceased its advance and declared a cease-fire100 hours after the ground campaign started, aerial and ground combat stayed confined to Iraq, Kuwait and areas on Saudi Arabia's border. Iraq launched SCUD missiles against coalition military targets in Saudi Arabia and against Israel.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 passed in April I991 established formal cease-fire terms, the controversies over enforcing this and subsequent resolutions would lead to the outbreak of another war 12 years later, known as the Iraq War.
Erected by Hillsborough County.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm. A significant historical date for this entry is January 17, 1991.
Location. 27° 58.574′ N, 82° 21.745′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Memorial can be reached from U.S. 301, 0.2 miles south of East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located within Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3602 N US Highway 301, Tampa FL 33619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf (here, next to this marker); Operation Desert StormOperation Desert Shield (here, next to this marker); Vietnam Women’s Memorial (a few steps from this marker); K-9 Corps/K-9 Handlers (a few steps from this marker); Hillsborough County Vietnam Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Lt Col James Michael Basta (within shouting distance of this marker); Richard “Dick” Arens, Major USAF (Ret) (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Also see . . . Remembering the Gulf War Key Facts and Figures. (Submitted on March 24, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
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