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   Jeff Fitch
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Jeff Fitch at time of interview [2002]
War: Persian Gulf War, 1991
Branch: Army
Unit: 350th Evacuation Hospital, 88th Army Company
Service Location: Fort Dix, New Jersey; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Polk, Louisiana
Rank: Specialist
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Army reservist Jeff Fitch was called to serve in the Persian Gulf War in December 1990. He was able to use his training from a brief hitch in the regular Army to get assigned to a lab in a military hospital in Kuwait. It was the last stop for injured troops before being sent on for more treatment in Germany or the States, or returned to the front lines. He also worked in a POW camp after the fighting stopped and witnessed the outpouring of refugees created by the war. He was especially gratified by the warm reception he and his unit received when they returned to America.

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Training to deal with chemical and biological weapons. (05:20) Working with POWs and refugees; the hatred Arab countries felt for Iraq. (03:58) Duties in hospital. (02:28)
Communicating with family; getting news of the war from broadcast media. (00:49) Reflections on service. (02:21) How serving in a war puts things into perspective; Gulf War Syndrome. (08:00)
Homecoming. (00:47)  

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