Desert Shield - Desert Storm observance

(From left) Larry Rose, Felice Rose and Diane Bartels place a wreath at the Desert Shield - Desert Storm monuments at Wyuka Cemetery.

A wreath was placed Jan. 16 at the Desert Shield - Desert Storm monuments in Wyuka Cemetery.

Felice and Larry Rose placed a wreath in memory of their son, 1st Lt. Peter J. Rose. He lost his life in a weather-related helicopter accident. Several of those from the military who attended spoke of their remembrances of Rose.

In November 1990, two Nebraska Army National Guard air ambulance companies were ordered to the war in the desert. Around 250 Lincoln-based air medical soldiers had less than a week to get themselves, their Huey helicopters with readily identifiable Red Cross X, and their lives together before heading to the Persian Gulf. They were the 24th Medical and the 1267th Medical companies. It was their first major combat deployment since World War II. But the "citizen soldiers" were trained and committed to fulfill the mission to which they had been ordered. Their mission was to air evacuate injured military and civilians within Iraq.

The third annual observance will be held Jan. 16, 2020.

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Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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