Honoring Wyoming's Fallen Heroes of

The Gulf War

The Gulf War, also known as Operation Desert Storm, was a brief but significant conflict that took place in 1990-1991. It began when Iraq, led by Saddam Hussein, invaded Kuwait, leading to international condemnation and the swift formation of a coalition force, spearheaded by the United States. The U.S. involvement, following Iraq’s refusal to withdraw from Kuwait, was marked by a massive deployment of troops and the latest military technology. This war saw a new era of warfare, characterized by precision airstrikes, the extensive use of advanced technology, and a highly effective media campaign. American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines played a crucial role in swiftly liberating Kuwait, demonstrating exceptional skill, discipline, and bravery. The conflict, though short-lived, was a clear demonstration of the United States’ military prowess and its commitment to global stability and the enforcement of international law.

Wyoming’s National Guard units, along with active duty personnel, were among those deployed to the Middle East. These men and women from Wyoming served in various capacities, from front-line combat roles to logistical and support functions. Their participation in this operation was a testament to their professionalism and dedication to duty. Back home, the people of Wyoming showed their support through community-led initiatives, sending care packages and letters to boost the morale of the troops. The Gulf War, with its swift conclusion and relatively low casualty rate, nonetheless remains an important chapter in Wyoming’s military history, showcasing the state’s commitment to serving the nation and upholding international peace and security.

One soldier from Wyoming, Army Specialist Manuel M. Davila, of Gillette, perished during the conflict.

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Manuel Michael Davila perished in Iraq on February 27, 1991. 


More information can be found here: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/31153369/manuel-michael-davila