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NC Man Wants Desert Storm Memorial In DC

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On this, the 23rd anniversary of the start of Operation Desert Storm, a North Carolina man is pushing for a National Desert Storm Memorial in Washington, DC.

Scott Stump served in the US Marines during the coalition campaign to oust Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. American forces were bracing for a bloodbath. Instead, the Iraqi military faded away with barely a whimper.

Within days of the ground war, Saddam Hussein’s regime was negotiating a cease fire.

“It was considered the 100 hour war,” says Stump, who lives in Waynesville, NC. “That was the good part and that was also the bad part. People think of that and they kind of gloss over it.”

While more than 500,000 Americans served during Desert Storm, US casualties amounted to fewer than 400. Perhaps that has made Stump’s mission more difficult.

Congressional legislation that would authorize a National Desert Storm War Memorial is pending in both the House and the Senate. Stump says once authorization is given, the memorial would be built with private funds.

He says it’s time to create a remembrance for the conflict that has come to be known as “the forgotten war.”

“I think that they tend to forget how important that was in the overall history of our country.”

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