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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2014

23rd Anniversary Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony

Springfield – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) is honored to host the 23rd Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony to honor and remember those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Desert Storm 23 years ago.

The ceremony will take place on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 North MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62702-2399.    The event is open to the public. 

Fourteen military personnel from Illinois died during the conflict.  They are:

Name                                      Service                                    Date of Death             Home of Record
Stanley W. Bartusiak               U.S. Army                  Feb. 25, 1991              Calumet City
Charles W. Cooper                  U.S. Army                   Feb. 21, 1991              St. Charles
Dale Thomas Cormier             U.S. Air Force             Feb. 15, 1991              Crystal Lake
Gary W. Crask                        U.S. Army                   Jan. 19, 1991               Springfield
William D. Cronin, Jr.             U.S. Marine Corps       Oct. 8, 1990                 Elmhurst
James P. Heyden                    U.S. Army                   March 12, 1991           Chicago
Raymond L. Horwath, Jr.        U.S. Marine Corps       Nov. 30, 1990                         Waukegan
Patrick R. Hurley                    U.S. Army                   Feb. 21, 1991              New Douglas
William J. Hurley                    U.S. Marine Corps       Oct. 8, 1990                 Chicago
Kenneth T. Keller                   U.S. Marine Corps       Oct. 8, 1990                 Glenview
Earnest F. Mitchem                 U.S. Army                   April 13, 1991                         Granite City
Stephen R. Phillis                    U.S. Air Force             Feb. 15, 1991             Rock Island
Christian J. Porter                   U.S. Marine Corps       Feb. 27, 1991             Wood Dale/Springfield
Bradley R. Schuldt                  U.S. Air Force             Aug. 29, 1990             Arlington Heights

Desert Storm cost 382 American lives, 147 of those combat deaths.  There were 467 wounded in combat, and the overall cost of the war was $61 billion dollars, with some $53 billion paid for by contributing or Coalition nations. 

The military services of the United States – to include Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves -- joined with Coalition Forces to stop aggression and eject Iraqi forces from Kuwait in early 1991after a brutal invasion and occupation by forces under Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.  The Coalition air campaign began early on Jan. 17, 1991 and stripped away Iraqi air defense, command and control and logistical capabilities. 

The ground offensive operations – commonly termed the “100-Hour War” – began at 4 a.m., Feb 24, overwhelming Iraqi ground forces, capturing thousands, and ejecting the remainder out of Kuwait.  The Coalition Forces, under the command of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, unilaterally ceased offensive operations against the Iraqis at 8:01 a.m., Feb. 28, 1991.   

Specific Illinois Benefits for Desert Storm Veterans:

Persian Gulf War Bonus - A $100 Persian Gulf War bonus is for those who served between August 2, 1990 and November 30, 1995, and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal, honorably discharged and were a resident of Illinois 12 months immediately prior to entering the service and discharged honorably. Individuals currently on active duty who served in the Persian Gulf War may apply.

Event Information:
 
• Media opportunities with Director Borggren and others after the ceremony

• Overflow parking is available to the rear of the museum.

• Guests are welcome to tour the museum before or after the ceremony. The museum depicts the rich history of the Illinois National Guard. 



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