Historic Markers Across Alabama



Persian Gulf War



Marker ID:  
Location: 200 Monroe Street Northwest, Huntsville AL
County: Madison
Coordinates: N 34° 44.076    W 086° 35.303
  34.7346    -86.58838333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None
 



Text:

Following Iraq’s invasion of its neighbor Kuwait on 2 August 1990, the United States rushed troops to the Middle East to defend Saudi Arabia and liberate Kuwait. After a build-up of forces, and the expiration of a UN Mandated ordering Iraq to leave Kuwait, the war began on 17 January 1991, with a heavy aerial bombardment.

On February 25, the U.S. led coalition, which included troops from Saudi Arabia, The United Kingdom, France, Egypt, Syria, and several Persian Gulf States, opened the ground campaign. Powerful armored columns quickly routed Iraqi forces in a 100-hour ground campaign and liberated Kuwait. American losses numbered 850 killed and wounded.

Courage * Sacrifice * Duty

Kuwait and Iraq
2 August 1990 - 11 April 1991

James N. “Trey” Wilbourn, III

Erected 2011 by The Veterans Memorial Foundation.







End of Persian Gulf War