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Joey Lee Montgomery

Date Posted:December 21, 1996
Personal Website:Not Disclosed

Dates of Service: 01JAN91-01JUN91

My Army Reserve Unit, 304th M.P. CO., was attached to the 800th M.P. BN. Our base camp was at the 301st E.P.W. camp which was located near log base echo.

Our company provided escort guard functions for the 301st E.P.W. camp, as well as security for a nearby medivac unit where injured E.P. WS were treated.

My unit also guarded the Dahran ammo supply dump for a short period of time when we first arrived at Kobar Towers. Last but not least, we hung about a thousand miles of concertina wire at the 301st.

I am not currently suffering from any diseases, but when I first came home I had a bad case of fungus on my feet which my dermatologist had never seen before. The symptoms were pretty bad. My feet would dry up and then peel all the way to the meat and bleed. Sometimes I could barely walk. After about four months of treatment, the fungus went away.

Sometimes I get a kind of itchy rash that will come up on some of my fingers in the form of tiny water blisters. I think this was caused from a detergent I used and don’t know if this is from Desert Storm or not.

My life has certainly gotten better since Desert Storm. I was only eighteen when I was sent and it gave me a good foundation for my current view of life.

In my current career as a Police Officer, I deal with a lot of really messed up people. I think a lot of these people would have different outlooks if they had served their country in a conflict like Desert Storm. For me, Desert Storm was a tremendous learning experience and has had a lot to do with my present character.

Most people remember Desert Storm in its conclusion, not in its beginning. I remember the Lt. Col. Telling my company at Fort A.P. Hill, in December of 1990 the estimated casualty percentages before anything started. The Army’s view of what was going to happen was totally different than what ended up happening. I had said goodby to my family thinking I might not come back or ever see them again. I had an awakening on the C-14 plane ride over that changed my outlook on life forever. For me, this was an awakening to the world, an almost forced awareness of my inner self, and an enhancement of my love for my friends and family.

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