Desert Storm 1990-1991

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CPL James McCoy – Killer Troop
SGT Nels Moller – Golf Troop
CPL James Miller – C&C Squadron
PFC Aaron Howard – Co C, 82nd Engineer Bn
SGT Dodge Powell – Co C, 82nd Engineer Bn
SGT William Strehlow – Co C, 82nd Engineer Bn
SPC Thomas Jarrell – 214th Military Police Company

32 Replies to “Desert Storm 1990-1991”

  1. Not to take away from what you are doing But please if you arre going to post information please ensure have correct facts and information.

    All 3 soldiers were in 82nd Engrs (Blue Babe) station in Bamberg Germany

    PFC Aaron Howard – 84 Engineer Company
    SGT Dodge Powell – 84 Engineer Company
    SGT William Strenhlow – 84 Engineer Company

    SGT Dodge Powell and myself went through BNCOC together then onto Desert Storm and was one of the finest NCO I ever served with.

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    1. Actually, they weren’t in the 82d EN CO, they were in Charlie Co., 82d EN BN. “Please if you are going to post information please ensure have correct facts and information.”

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  2. My sincere apologies for the mistakes. I strive for complete accuracy, but it is impossible without the aid and cooperation of concerned Soldiers such as yourself. Thank you for covering my 6, and for your selfless service to our country.

    Tacoma Dave
    Editor

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  3. Thank you both for honoring these fine and outstanding 12B’s, along with the other dynamic fallen soldier’s attached or assigned to 2nd ACR . I do concur; the engineers were from C Company, 82nd Engineer Battalion(Bamberg, Germany).

    It was an honor to serve with them in Desert Storm. I was transferred to the 82nd ENGR from the 237th ENGR, prior to deploying to Saudi, so I did not know anyone at the time. Dodge and I became pretty good friends out there during that short period of time. We shared pics of our families etc. I believe he had recenty got married to a young lady from Germany prior to our deployment.

    PFC Aaron Howard(Track driver), named and wrote “Janis” for Janis Joplin across his APC. He wore those round lensed glasses that reminded me of John Lennon. He was a pretty cool and mellow guy.

    I remember the time our platoon was playing their platoon in a game of “Sand Football.” This was first time we ever met, other than casual conservation in Germany before deploying. Dodge and I were really “ticking” each other off, as we were both aggressively determined to win that game. Dodge began mouthing off to me, and SGT “Bill” Strehlow, pulled me aside in a calm and cool voice and said something to the fact, “Don’t worry about him, that’s the way he is; he loves to win.” After that, Dodge and I became pretty close for that short time together.

    I still remember our LT(Lieutenant Ed Meade), during our movement to contact w/ 3/2 ACR, inform us over the radio that SSG Potter’s(Track Commander) track was hit. I’ll never forget the funeral we had out there, where a poem that Dodge had written previously about the “Ultimate Sacrifice” and was read by SSG Silvers, (I believe that was his name).
    When we redeployed back to Saudi in our APC(track) convoy, there was a gap between the different squads in their platoon, symbolizing and honoring our fallen friends.
    Years later, I traveled down to Hollywood, Florida, (Dodge’s hometown) from Indiana to see the city where he was from. I pulled off some information at the Hollywood library about his death and memorial. I went to the recruiting station and acquired a little more information. It would have been good to talk to someone from his family or friends.
    May God bless and give the peace that passes all understanding to all their families, and to all C “Charger” Company, 82nd Engineers. (Blue Babe, Sir!)

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    1. Schwartz, I remember you and that sand football game you mentioned. I hope you are doing well my friend. Yes, Dodge was a wonderful and great friend, and is truly missed. There is not a day or year that goes by I don’t think about him. He can take a stranger on any given day and make a friend. It’s hard to believe it’s been 27 years, and I still tear up when I think about him and his love for life, family and friends. I was the one that read that poem on the day we held the ceremony in the desert for our fallen comrades. It was extremely hard that day to read it. Dodge was and will always be a brother to me. He took me in when I arrived in Germany in 1988 and he showed me the world of Germany. Taught me enough of the language to get by, and introduced me to KennyG (his favorite of all music). Still to this day I listen to KennyG and remember Dodge and his love for life. Thank you for sharing your story and feelings!
      SFC Richard Silver (Retired)
      Engineer, Sapper, Airborne!
      Blue Babe, Sir!

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  4. Im looking for SGT Morales and SPC Spencer I think 1st engr bn give support to the tankers. The MOS SGT Morales (cook), Spencer I don’t know.

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  5. This is a great site, thanks for putting all this info up.

    Cpl Jim Miller was in the supply squad of HHT (Headquarters & Headquarters Troop), C&C Squadron. He was killed after stepping on unexploded ordinance or a landmine the day after the ceasefire when the squadron was setting up a perimeter. He never met his son, who was born just 7 days earlier. I had been over his apartment in Germany prior to our deployment. He and his wife were very cool people and losing him was a blow to everyone that ever met him.

    The regimental motto “Toujours Pret” was shortened to “TP” by Jim, who used it for everything…he always got a good laugh out of us. The supply sgt. (Sgt. Hennessey) would send Miller to do something and he would spring up from his chair and say “TP Sarge” and bolt away….you couldnt help but laugh. He was the most dependable person in supply and everyone relied on him. He was Sgt Hennessey’s right hand man…it was heartbreaking to hear his eulogy at his service in the desert.

    I was only in the same squad in Germany as Jim for a short time. For a few months we shared a truck and lots of laughs.

    TP Jim.

    Chris Arnold
    2nd ACR 87-91

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    1. Thank you for the story. I was there the day he died. Western Kuwait, smoke in the air, the loud explosion and 25 years of memories. RIP.

      Ken Neddo
      2 ACR 1990 – 1992.

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      1. Ken, I was out on a mission when we heard the calls for medivac over the radio and didn’t know what had happened. We later learned who it was and were so worried about him. When we got back to the site I remember going up to one of my Sgts, Sgt Ayala and asking how Miller was…it was then I learned he had died. What a life changing moment for all.
        Later that day I had to work on his truck because it had been damaged by scrapnel from the explosion and could barely do it because I was crying so hard.

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      2. Ken,

        I was there as well. Me and you were in the Intelligence platoon under Sgt. McNeil. I still remember that dreadful day! RIP!

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    2. Chris, I had forgotten about the TP part but that is exactly right. “TP” for everything. Thank you for that memory. Jim was such a great and motivating guy. He had such a positive attitude and zest for life. He is missed.

      SFC Leonard “Andy” Andrescavage (Ret)
      Maint Plt C&C

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  6. I was assigned as the Medic for ALPHA Company 82nd ENG during Desert Shield and Storm. I just want to say that I am very proud that I served with such a great unit and I have nothing but great memories of “Blue Babe”. I hope that anyone that remembers me will reply I would love to hear from you. I am currently retired and I live in San Antonio, TX home of the Soldier Medic!!

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  7. Can anyone help? I am looking for SGT Randy Vail, maintenance Troop, 2nd ACR. Almost had his head blown off by a cluster bomb. I saw him after the war and he was in fair shape but still had lots of problems with shrapnel working its way around inside his body.
    Most of the wounds were to his face and neck.
    Does anyone know if he is even still alive? would just like to meet up with an old friend.
    I also knew Cpl miller, and talked the the medic who worked on him. He hung on for 45 minutes even though he was mortally wounded.
    A fighter to the end.

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    1. Daniel Barr! It was good to read you comments today. It’s been like ages since we last talked before I came back to the states. I hope you will be getting to read this text or I hope someone who knows how to get a hold of you will call or email you.

      Speaking of contact, Mine is: emailvail@gmail.com Use all 9 letters in the UserID

      For those who are wondering about my head nearly being blown off – I did look like Frankenstein with stitches from my adams apple to my earlobe. I am glad to be alive. The website link http://goo.gl/MjfFDg is to a PDF I put together of my D.S. experience for an english class I took back in 92. I was part of RSS Maint. Trp in 2ACR from 88-91. Around mid-day on Christmas of 1990 I was reassigned and Humvee’d to 2nd Squadron to bolster their support for the advancement into Irag. After the first hour of going through the berm, I was injured and Medevaced by helicopter to Hafar Al Batin, Saudi Arabia. A few days later I was sent to King Fahad’s National Guard Hospital for more operations. All in all, 13 days total stay until I was sent back to Nürnberg, Germany – I was working out of Merrell Barracks. Details were given in case any folks might know me and want to write 😉

      Toujours Prêt!!

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    2. I believe Vail was a Staff Sergeant and was assigned to HHT RSS before he went to Maint Troop. I remember Cpl Miller as well from C&C. He would sometimes go to the Irish Pub in downtown Nurnberg not far from the Burger King by the Bahnhof…

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  8. I was a member of Charlie Company 82nd Engineers i was assigned to the platoon that lost 3 people in my unit but i was pulled out 2 weeks prior to this event that happened i sure do miss the guys we lost but especially Sgt DODGE POWELL being we was both from Florida and was very good friends.I carry all that we lost in my heart and mind everyday of my life and was honored to gotten to know them. Rest in PEACE my friends and will see you again one day! BLUE BABE ALWAYS 82ND ENGINEERS!

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    1. My name is John Manning I too served with Charlie Company 82nd engineers sergeant Powell was a great guy I remember right before he was killed us discussing the Gulf War and why we were there and how he said he was going to write his girlfriend to tell her he was going to die over oil I have never forgot that I have nightmares about that for years and I am a Gulf War veteran and I suffer from PTSD but I will never forget sergeant powel.

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      1. Dodge Powell did not say he was going to write his “girlfriend.” Dodge Powell married Hedwig (“Hedy”) in a hasty marriage on 20 NOV 1990–the day after we were notified we would be deploying.
        I knew SGT Powell a little; I remember him for a bit of a goofy laugh and his unmistakeable Greek fisherman’s hat.
        Hammer Six
        HHC Commander
        6/89-6/91

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      2. I remember the day we were notified that would deploy and him telling me about his engagement. He said he wanted to marry before we deployed. I did not try to dissuade him. He deployed as a happy warrior!

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    2. Kevin,
      Not sure if you remember me (Matt Bodkins…..C. Co. Maintenance), but I remember your last name. Just reconnected with Brian Crumb on FB. While I’ve talked a bit over the years about what happened when we lost our 3 friends to some, it’s only been since reconnecting with Brian that some of the memories came back. PTSD sucks!! I remember the day too well.

      matthew_bodkins@hotmail……or FB….:)

      Matt

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  9. Looking for anyone who knows anything about my father Sgt William A Strehlow this is his oldest son Sgt William A Strehlow Jr. I am writing a paper on him and the Golf War and would like some info from people he served with. If you could email me at william.strehlow@icloud or william.strehlow@us.army.mil.

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  10. The guys from the 82nd would visit my Parents house a lot and we always had good food and fun my Mom loved to cook for them and to my Dad they were like sons , kept the Eagle statue they gave him always in the livingroom for every body to see
    He missed these guys a lot

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  11. I served in “C” Company, 82nd Engineer Battalion (Blue Babe) from July 1988 through May 1992. I believe we were training in Howensfeld when we got the word that Iraq had invaded Kuwait. Days later the CSM announced we would be one of the engineer units deploying to Iraq. It’s hard to believe, it’s about to be 27 years since I last spoke to Sgt’s Dodge Powell and William Strehlow. Before the ground attack began into Iraq (02/23/91), we would sit in our tents, talk about fishing, family and places back home in America. We even had make believe beer to drink (O’Doul’s), I think that’s how ya spell it. It tasted like beer but you had to drink almost a case for equivalent of one beer! William was a great leader and cared very much for his soldiers. He was hard but fair. He wouldn’t tower over any soldier during training, he would get down to their level and made sure they understood the Task, Conditions and Standards. If he had to get one on one with a soldier until they could do anything with their eyes closed, that’s what he would do. A great soldier, and leader for his men! He is truly missed.
    I didn’t know Aaron Howard very well, but he was a great soldier. He was always there when you needed him, did what he was told to do without argument, and volunteered when no one else would. He had pride in his M113 APC, (that’s an armored personnel carrier for those that didn’t know).
    Dodge, I miss you still to this day brother! You were, and always will be, my best friend. Every year I celebrate his life! We both were from Florida, he was from Hollywood and I am from Bradenton. When Dodge and I first met, he stuck his hand out to shake mine, said “Hey, my name is Dodge, I’m from Hollywood!” with a smile. I said, “California?” He said, “Heck no, the real Hollywood, in Florida!” “Where are you from?” I said, “Bradenton.” From that day on, friends and brothers for life. When we had time off, Dodge would ask if I wanted to go see the world of Germany, and of course I went. I’ll never forget, the night before the ground attack into Iraq, Dodge came to my tent and asked if we could talk. We sat down, popped a top on an O’Doul’s, then talked. He told me he was so glad we became friends and brothers. Then he said he would miss me. I said, “What do you mean, miss me?” He said, “Rich, I’m not going to make it through this, I know, but I’m fine because I have done my best and I lived my life to the fullest.” He said, “Thank you for being a great friend, and for always being there for me when I needed it.” I told him he was talking hogwash, and he was scared just like the rest of us, I said we were going to kick butt and take names, and then go back home to our families. Before he left my tent, he hugged me and said he loved me like a brother. Then walked out of my tent.
    After the long hours, days of traveling across the desert, the small scrimmages of enemy fire fights, dust storm, then there was the big fight at the end. When the sun came up and we saw what we saw, that will never go away, that’s when the First Sergeant came around and told us about the casualties and KIAs. Told us to restock with ammo and get some grub when the supply vehicles came around. I was numb…….
    We had a ceremony in the desert for our brothers, I read poem I had wrote in honor of Dodge, William and Aaron. It was hard to read because of my tears, but I did. I don’t know what happened to that poem, and wish I still had it, but they will always be in my heart. So, fellas, y’all be cool up there, we’ll meet again, and remember “Engineers lead the way!” Blue Babe!

    RIP – NEVER FORGOTTEN!
    PFC Aaron Howard – Co C, 82nd Engineer Bn
    SGT Dodge Powell – Co C, 82nd Engineer Bn
    SGT William Strehlow – Co C, 82nd Engineer Bn

    SFC Richard H. Silver (Retired)
    Engineer, SAPPER, Airborne!

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    1. I have to make a correction on my last post, I mentioned a poem that I read at the ceremony. I didn’t write it, even though I put in there I did, but Dodge is the one that wrote the poem. I think the title of it was “Ultimate Sacrifice”. I meant to type “I read a poem that Dodge wrote in honor of Dodge, William and Aaron”, but due to my tears, I miswrote that line. So thank you for forgiven me for my mistake.

      SFC Richard H. Silver (Retired)
      Engineer, SAPPER, Airborne!

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