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“Probably the biggest battle was to keep those tractors running.”

   Kevin Roy Lee
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Kevin Lee, 2003 [detail]
War: Persian Gulf War, 1991
Branch: Army
Unit: 212th Transportation Company, 6th Transportation Battalion
Service Location: Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; Iraq
Rank: Major
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Kevin Lee’s budding career as a teacher and wrestling coach was interrupted in November 1990, when his Army reserve unit for called up to serve in the Persian Gulf. While Lee was wrangling trucks and heavy equipment in the desert, his wife, who taught at the same school, took over his coaching duties, becoming the first female wrestling coach in Tennessee. Lee was buoyed by the support of his community when he and his men left for and returned from the Middle East. Even though he would leave the reserves to devote more time to his teaching, he was tempted to join his old unit when they were mobilized in 2003 to serve in Iraq.

Interview (Video)
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»Untitled Battalion History for the 212th Transportation Company, from the papers of Kevin Roy Lee.
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»212th Transportation Company (Heavy Truck, Type B), Lineage and Honors and Sequence of Events, from the papers of Kevin Roy Lee.
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Making a commitment to the military. (02:07) Mobilizing for war. (06:13) Preparing for the desert; initial duties. (03:48)
Living condition in the desert. (01:15) Chemical attack-false alarm. (03:50) Dealing with heavy equipment in the desert. (04:09)
Beginning of air war; concern over war expanding. (02:50) Putting things in perspective after pressures of war. (01:00) His old unit mobilized for Iraq. (06:10)

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