From Bastogne to the Gulf






Colonel Joseph P. McGee

Commander 1st "BASTOGNE" BCT, 101ST ABN DIV


Mr. Dominique Hanson

General Director of the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

Brigadier General Michael A. Bills

Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3 for U.S. Army Europe


Adjudant (R) P. Vermeersch

Owner of the Operation Desert Storm Collection

Mr. Olivier Delmee, Président du Syndicat d'Initiative de la Ville de Bastogne; Mr. Robert A. Mandell;Adjudant (R) P. Vermeersch; Kathleen, my lovely partner; Mr. Howard W. Gutman


Operation Desert Storm Diorama

101 ST Airborne Division (Aaslt), Saudi Arabia - 24 Feb 1991

Pick-up Zone, TAA CAMPBELL 

With the commencement of ground operations, under the command of LTC Gary Thomas, 2nd Battalion, 327 thInfantry Regiment conducted the deepest and largest air assault operation in history establishing FOB Cobra approximately 85 miles (137 km) inside Iraq.

Infantrymen carried both fighting and existence loads into combat.

Each soldier packed a basic load of ammunition, rations, water and NBC gear as well as additional ammo supplies for crew served weapons for the assault.

Not a single 101st Airborne Division soldier was lost.


Mr. Ryan Meyer, curator 2nd Cav Museum Vilseck, Germany; CPT Joshua Frye, 2nd Cavalry Regiment; P. Vermeersch; LTC Brian Denny, U.S. Army Desert Storm Veteran; SSG Chris Brink, U.S. Army 2nd Cav Regt Museum and my dad, Yves Vermeersch (without his continous support I would never have been able to complete this project)

I received a Certificate of Appreciation, an 8/2 CAV coin and a pair of U.S Cavalry spurs form the 2ND CAVALRY REGIMENT

Thank you very much for your contribution to the Desert Storm exhibit Ryan and Jim!




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