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Pictured are (from left): Kenneth Ramsey, Gene Hutto, Liegh Porterfield, Clint Porterfield, Mary Fausett, Larry Hume, Joy Hutto, Teresa Hume, Jan Ramsey, Richard Lundie, Mike Wulf, Mary Roberts, Derrick Roberts, and Mike Langford.
March 6, 2023 - VFW Post 8904 Post members and Auxiliary gathered at the Shelby County Veterans Memorial February 28, 2023, to honor those who served in Operation Desert Storm.
The program was opened by Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster, and Kenneth Ramsey, Post Chaplain, gave the opening prayer.
“Desert Storm began January the 17th 1991. Coalition forces from 34 nations led by the United States began an aerial bombardment on Iraq. This was in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, said Larry Hume, Post Quartermaster. “A week later on January 24th, a ground assault began the liberation of Kuwait and the advancement into Iraqi territory.”
Following 42 days of relentless attacks by the Allied Coalition, in both the air and on the ground, President George H.W. Bush declared a cease-fire on February 28, 1991, 32 years ago.
“148 Americans had died in battle, there were another 145 non battle deaths and 467 were wounded,” said Hume. “Here in Shelby County we have no known casualties, but we do have many who have served.”
Hume went on to name members of the VFW 8904 Post who he knows were involved in Operation Desert Storm included Past Post Commander Mike Langford, Pastor Wilbert Simmons, Andrea Whitaker, Michael Boyd, David Hall, Nathan Jones, Larissa Livingston, and Richard Lundie. Past Post Commander Gene Hutto named his nephew Steven Hutto.
Past Post Commander Mike Langford placed the memorial wreath upon the Shelby County Veterans Memorial.
“If it were not for you gathered here today, this day would have gone by unnoticed in Shelby County, Texas. The service and sacrifices of these veterans would not have been remembered today. We cannot let any group of veterans be forgotten, and that is our charge,” said Hume.
Taps was then played as presented by Gene Hutto Past Post Commander.
Mike Wulf (left) is pictured with his daughter Delanda Wulf Agocs-Baker (right).
Operation Desert Storm Veterans Richard Lundie (left) and Mike Langford (right).