Freedom Rock Countdown
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 3:32pm admin
—4th Gun Salute . . . Gulf War
CRESCO - Meet Bill Ondrashek. Member of the Freedom Rock and Commander of Protivin American Legion Post 605.
Do you remember The First Gulf War? Persian Gulf War? Desert Storm? Desert Shield? Ondrashek reminds us they’re all the same war.
• The Gulf War happened in part because Iraq owed $80 million in foreign debt from its 1980-1988 war with Iran. Saddam Hussein demanded Saudi Arabia and Kuwait forgive $30 billion in Iraqi debt, which he felt was a result of protecting Kuwait from Shia Iranian forces for eight years. He then accused Kuwait of stealing Iraqi oil through slant drilling.
• The 1991 Persian Gulf War was between Iraq and a coalition force of 34 nations mandated by the United Nations and led by the United States. Hostilities commenced in January 1991, resulting in a decisive victory for the coalition forces, in which Saddam Hussein called this war the “Mother of All Battles.”
• General Norman Schwarzkopf, “Stormin’ Norman” as he came to be known, was a highly-decorated and respected Vietnam War veteran. He commanded a Coalition of 670,000 personnel from 28 countries, along with combined Naval and Air Forces, with 425,000 troops from the United States.
• This was the first war that was heavily televised. CNN’s live reporting from a hotel in downtown Baghdad became the main driver of its viewership, as it was the only network broadcasting the war 24 hours a day. Dominance of the three big networks, ABC, NBC and CBS ended with cable television and CNN becoming a permanent facet of American life.
Ondrashek invites you to learn more about the Gulf War, how this was the first ‘digitally-assisted’ conflict and Cresco’s Donaldson Company contribution at the dedication of the Howard County Memorial Park featuring the Freedom Rock on June 23, 2018.
[This weekly countdown will feature members of the Freedom Rock Committee and information about military history. The Howard County Memorial Park, with the Freedom Rock as a focal point, is located at the crossroads of Hwy. 9 and 3rd St. West in Cresco.]