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October 11, 1990
Here is a Pentagon list of the 31 accidental deaths and one self-inflicted gunshot fatality of U.S. military personnel involved in Operation Desert Shield: Aug. 12: Air Force Staff Sgt. John Campisi, Covina, Calif., a member of the 55th Organizational Maintenance Squadron from Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., struck by a vehicle on a Saudi runway. Aug. 21: Navy Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Daniel Jones, Wakefield, Mass.
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July 18, 1992 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Army soldiers in the Persian Gulf allegedly committed at least 34 sex-related crimes during the yearlong Desert Shield and Desert Storm operations, Army documents have revealed. In at least 31 instances, the victims were other U.S. troops. Other victims included one Saudi civilian and one Saudi soldier.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1990 | SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Winston Roche's old, blue eyes get misty when he thinks about the glory days, such as they were. He was 17, fresh out of Los Angeles High School and, as he put it, "I really wanted to fight the Kaiser." Now 92, Roche would spend 22 months "over there," through the battles of Chateau Thierry, Aisne-Marne and St. Mihiel; surviving mustard gas, machine-gun fire and misery in its more mundane forms.
NEWS
September 27, 1991 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. intelligence agencies helped arrange the arrest and detention of Iraqi agents, and in some cases persuaded them to switch sides, in a successful effort to cripple Saddam Hussein's "plans for world terror" during the Persian Gulf crisis, former CIA Director William H. Webster said Thursday. Webster's comments at an American Bar Assn. committee breakfast represent the most extensive description by any U.S. official of the "proactive" campaign waged by U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1990 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like thousands of reservists called up as part of Operation Desert Shield, these 95 never got close to the desert. In the ballyhoo surrounding the Persian Gulf troop buildup, their deployment to Germany and England got scant attention. But their leaders say these unheralded soldiers--all volunteers--performed an important role in the gulf mission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1990 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like thousands of reservists called up as part of Operation Desert Shield, these 95 never got close to the desert. In the ballyhoo surrounding the Persian Gulf troop buildup, their deployment to Germany and England got scant attention. But their leaders say these unknown soldiers--all volunteers--performed an important role in the gulf mission. And Monday, they came home.
NEWS
December 17, 1990 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christopher Acosta wanted to join the Navy, but after the crisis in the Middle East heated up he changed his mind. So did his parents. Do not go until the conflict cools, they told their 17-year-old son. "I can't see fighting over oil," said Acosta, a high school senior in Escondido.
NEWS
October 2, 1990 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The political backdrop of the U.S. military deployment in Saudi Arabia played a significant role in limiting defense cuts in Sunday's budget agreement, halting the military spending "free fall" that some analysts had predicted two months ago, budget aides said Monday. Capitol Hill strategists said that Operation Desert Shield forged a major change in the political climate of the negotiations, forcing lawmakers who had been advocating deep cuts on the defensive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1990 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A South Bay woman has had to change her phone number because of an obscene caller who kept asking if she was lonely. A San Diego woman says male family friends are becoming a little too friendly. In the most serious case, a 19-year-old Carlsbad woman was recently raped by a man who told her he knew she was alone because of the yellow ribbon she hung on the side mirror of her pickup truck to honor her deployed Marine Corps husband.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1990 | RICHARD A. OPPEL JR. and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton and at least three other California bases have left for the Middle East, officials confirmed Saturday. Units from the 1st Marine Division and 1st Force Service Support Group at Camp Pendleton, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in El Toro, and the 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Twentynine Palms have been sent to embarkation points for deployment to the Middle East as part of Operation Desert Shield, said Capt. Rose-Ann Sgrignoli, a spokeswoman at Camp Pendleton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1991
Three Marines pleaded not guilty Tuesday in San Diego Municipal Court to charges of attempted murder and committing a hate crime against a gay man who was severely beaten July 31 in a Coronado alley. Steven Fair, 26; David Bell, 20, and Jeffrey Davis, 20, were also arraigned on robbery and assault charges stemming from the attack on Samuel Eanker, 34. Deputy Dist. Atty.
NEWS
May 3, 1991 | JOHN M. BRODER and DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Bush shrugged off allegations Thursday that Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had counseled against military action in the early days of the Persian Gulf crisis. Bush, responding to excerpts from a new book by Washington Post assistant managing editor Bob Woodward, said that Powell has the "integrity and the honor" to offer candid advice and the "discipline" to "salute and march" when the President makes a decision.
NEWS
April 6, 1991 | RICHARD E. MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney said Friday that the United States and other members of the United Nations could gain leverage to end the killing of rebels in Iraq by "managing" implementation of the cease-fire in the Persian Gulf War, particularly the lifting of economic sanctions against Iraq. He stopped short of saying that a halt in the killing should be made an explicit condition of lifting the U.N. sanctions.
NEWS
March 29, 1991 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An airman steals drugs from a flight surgeon. A Marine shoots himself in the leg to avoid duty. A sergeant falls asleep at his guard post. In the seven months since half a million U.S. troops were dispatched to Saudi Arabia, more than 3,500 American service personnel have been punished for a wide range of offenses--from minor infractions, such as showing disrespect, to more serious crimes such as negligent homicide. The numbers are preliminary and expected to grow.
NEWS
March 27, 1991 | JAMES RISEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The German government announced Tuesday that it will pay the full amount of its pledged assistance for the Persian Gulf crisis, increasing the chances that the United States will either break even or make a small profit on the war. With overdue allied pledges finally rolling into the Pentagon's coffers, congressional budget experts said they believe that the government may not need to spend the $15 billion authorized by Congress to help pay for the war. The $53.
NEWS
February 14, 1991
How about: "Operation Desert Thrust" or "Operation Desert Warrior?" Shortly after Iraq invaded Kuwait, U.S. commander Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf asked his staff to submit POTENTIAL NAMES for the U.S. mission, with special attention to the region's geography. According to a Central Command spokeswoman, the above-mentioned names were some of the more popular suggestions submitted to the general.
NEWS
February 6, 1991 | JAMES RISEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Operation Desert Shield cost $11.1 billion between August and December, the Bush Administration said Tuesday in its most detailed estimate to date. It offered no new details on the cost of the crisis in the Persian Gulf since the war began in January. In testimony before the Senate Budget Committee, Richard G. Darman, director of the Office of Management and Budget, calculated that America's allies have pledged $9.74 billion in cash and in-kind payments to defray costs incurred by the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1990 | GREG KRIKORIAN and MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two huge military supply ships were scheduled to leave Los Angeles Harbor for the Persian Gulf at daybreak today, becoming the first to leave local shipyards on a voyage that one anxious merchant seaman described as "a lot more dangerous than usual." Though U.S. Navy and Defense Department officials would not disclose the specific assignments of the vessels, they did confirm Wednesday that the merchant vessels Cape Ducato and Meteor were slated to join the Navy's deployment in the Middle East.
NEWS
February 12, 1991 | Associated Press
Nine people pleaded innocent Monday to charges of illegally entering the White House grounds during a Dec. 30 protest against U.S. actions in the Persian Gulf. The nine were among 11 people who were arrested after they climbed over the White House fence and some of them poured red dye and blood into the White House fountain. Charges against the remaining two were dismissed earlier.
NEWS
February 11, 1991
In World War II, chocolate and cigarettes were hot trading items. Today, U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf may swap baseball cards. Topps, the industry leader in BASEBALL TRADING CARDS, stamped the first 5 million cards it printed for the 1991 season with a gold "Operation Desert Shield" logo. The special-edition cards were wrapped in traditional wax paper packaging--with, of course, that flat stick of pink chewing gum.
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