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Bush, Jerry G.


In August 1990, Iraq invaded neighboring Kuwait. The United States led an international armed intervention to reclaim Kuwait and defeat the Iraqis. This conflict, called Operation Desert Storm by the U. S. military, and commonly known as the Persian Gulf War or Gulf War, lasted from January 16, 1991, when allied forces began attacking Iraqi targets, until President George Bush ordered a cease fire on February 27, 1991. Operation Desert Storm successfully freed Kuwait from Iraqi control.

Among the many American military units participating in the conflict was the 912th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit based in Johnson City, Tenn. This unit was called to active duty in November 1990. After preparing at Fort Bragg, N. C., the unit was deployed on January 13, 1991 to Saudi Arabia prior to the opening of hostilities. The unit served in Saudi Arabia and operated a field hospital in Kuwait during the conflict. The 912th MASH unit returned to the Johnson City on June 15, 1991. Jerry G. Bush, of Kingsport, Tenn., served as a member of this unit.

Bush, a native of Laurel, Mississippi, graduated from Mississippi State University in August 1972. That fall, he enlisted in the Army National Guard and began a 22-year career of military service with National Guard and Army Reserve units, with most of that service being with the 912th MASH unit in Johnson City, Tenn. He obtained the rank of staff sergeant.