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“My heart sorta jumped up into my throat when they told me, when they gave me that news…" (Video interview, 5:24)

   Josephine Taylor
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Josephine Taylor in uniform [undated photo]
War: Persian Gulf War, 1991
Branch: Army
Unit: 762nd Transportation Company
Service Location: Ohio; Saudi Arabia
Rank: Captain
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Entering the military through ROTC, Captain Josephine Taylor enjoyed the way in which basic training both challenged and also instilled confidence in her. While she did not anticipate having to deploy to Saudi Arabia, she rose to the challenge as a transportation company commander. Constantly worrying about the welfare of her unit took a toll, as did the Scud missile attacks, the “breathtaking” heat, and the daily sandstorms. She returned home “emotionally drained,” though grateful for the strength of character that the military had helped her to develop.

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Receiving the news that her unit was to deploy; shock; shipping out; arriving overseas. (04:12) Scary incident involving a Scud missile alert; realizing how precious life is. (01:47) Stifling heat; sandstorms; sand constantly sticking to her body. (02:13)
Feeling emotionally drained after her deployment. (01:59)  

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