Saturday, June 14, 2008

This Week in Guard History

June 10, 1991: New York, N.Y. - For the second time in three days, the nation witnesses a "Victory Parade" to celebrate the quick defeat and expulsion of Iraqi forces from Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm. Among the marching units is the New York Guard's 719th Transportation Company, a descendent of the all-black 369th Infantry which gained fame as the "Harlem Hellfighters" in World War I.

This parade is the first military "victory" parade held in Manhattan's "Canyon of Heroes" since the end of World War II. While Gen. Douglas MacArthur was given a ticker-tape parade by the city in 1951 (after being relieved of his command in Korea by President Truman), no victory parade was offered by the city after the end of the Korean or Vietnam wars. So when the plans for the Desert Storm parade were made, special invitations were made to Korean and Vietnam veterans' organizations to join in the march.

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