Kuwait, 1992


While I was in the Marine Corps the closest I ever got to action was the nine days I spent on the Kuwait/Iraq border, back in the summer of 1992. Where the remains for Iraq’s first line of defense were being used as target practice by our armor units.

“Action” isn’t the right word but there isn’t a word for “so damn hot that I didn’t care what happens just get me some place cooler”. I spent the majority of the time in the back of my ambulance, the only shade, wearing only running shorts and holding a block of ice to my head.

Out of boredom, the corpsman and I went out on the range and got some up close and personal pictures of the tanks, APCs, artillery and trucks that made up the line after the Warthogs tore them up eighteen months prior. When you’re driving an ambulance, you can go any place you want, which doesn’t mean you should, here’s an unexploded munition that I almost stepped on.

Notice how we’re not in any of these pictures? That’s because we’re not stupid.

[Full set at flickr]

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Comments: (4)


  1. Cool! Did you take these in b/w or did you do that part when you scanned them? I like the b/w because it makes all the different textures stand out better.

    Also cool: you not stepping on unexploded munition.

    Comment by mollymillions — March 30, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

  2. Thanks!
    I have another roll of B&W from Okinawa, the same kind of snapshots that I was taking in color, but they look so much more important in black and white. And the really crappy shots just look arty.

    Comment by tone_milazzo — March 30, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

  3. What were you ding that violates UCMJ?

    Comment by inkswirls — March 30, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

  4. There’s a catch-all “Conduct unbecoming of a Marine” that they can use for anything they want.
    Usually, self endangerment.

    Comment by tone_milazzo — March 30, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

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