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Friday, 14-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Still Bloggin’ Blind.

14 January 2005:

Today, Ellis and I went to Kuwaiti Naval Base and Camp Patriot to do interviews for 32 hearing that is slated for tomorrow. It was pretty much a straightforward morning of witness interviews. We ate in the chow hall—home of the best Philly cheese steaks in Kuwait. Then, I promised Ellis we could go down to the little Hajee shops in the common part of KNB. They sell DVD’s there that must be pirated. For example, Ellis got 4 Bond movies on one DVD for about 12 bucks.

Then, I promised Ellis we could go down and actually look at the water—a real novelty here. The Kuwaiti Navy keeps its fleet here, and the Army has several boats here. The Army, believe it or not, has more boats in its fleet than the Navy. We walked down to the pier and I saw an E-7, SFC Pearce, washing the pier with a fire hose by one of the boats, so I asked him about the Army boats. He turned out to be a mate on one of the vessels and offer to give us a tour and class on his boat. We, of course, were only to happy to do so. We spent about an hour on the boat. These guys have a great gig. The Army’s boats are often referred to as the best kept secret in the Army. And to hear SFC Pearce describe, it sounds like it is. There are 14 crewmembers on these boats. They sail from port to port in the Gulf—like Bahrain to Kuwait to Iraq to Africa. They are extremely autonomous. They get to fish while they are under way. They have great quarters and are well wired with the internet. The skipper is a CW5 and in the civilian world he’s an airline pilot—multi-talented guy.

There is a lot of history at KNB. As you walks around, you see what looks like splash marks—almost like someone took a softball and threw it in the cement while it was wet. These marks are the pock marks for mortars fired by the Iraqis in Gulf I. When I was arty fire support team leader as a lieutenant, we used to do time on target (TOT) where we would do a countdown on that ended not with zero but with SPLASH. Now, I know why.

Most of our troops at KNB are Navy and the Army is there to make the place secure. Most sailors and soldiers live in tents, but there are some block barracks in the camp. These buildings used to house Kuwaiti officers and NCOs. When the Iraqi came down in 91, the forced everyone out of their rooms and into a corner of the compound wall. Then they told the NCO’s to shoot their officers. Many did. The walls our still full of bullet holes from the executions. U.S. tents are right beside these walls. Many NCO’s refused to execute their officers. The Iraqis took these NCO’s to the harbor and tied them to a Kuwait ship which they towed away from shore and sank, drowning all on aboard. That ship now sits on dry land. The Kuwaitis don’t go near it. They call it the ghost ship. Only one Kuwaiti boat survived the attack. As it escaped, it sank 3 Iraqi ships. It’s still in the port and has 3 white torpedoes painted on the side for the kills.

Got lots of pics. I’ll post them when and if I am ever back online

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