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Tue, Oct. 15

Gulf War memories remain vivid<BR><BR>

"When we first got to Saudi Arabia, we didn't have enough water," said Peter Durban, a retired Army master sergeant who now lives in Prescott Valley.

With temperatures soaring to about 115 degrees, he said, things got uncomfortable. "It was a pretty difficult situation, but you overcome things like that."

The more insidious threats were not as easy to dismiss. The possibility of chemical or biological attacks; fears that Iraqi troops might invade Saudi Arabia before adequate defensive troops were in place; the unknowns about Iraq's missile capabilities – such worries linger in the minds of the veterans.

"Personally, I think the threat of chemical or biological attack was probably the toughest to handle," said Army nurse Kevin Johnson, who currently serves in the Army's recruiting office at the Prescott Gateway mall.

As a nurse in a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit, Johnson had received extensive training on how to deal with such an attack.

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