On January 16/17 1991 Coalition forces launched the air campaign into Iraq that proceeded the ground assault. It lasted 42 days. The initial air war was punctuated by the deployment of the F1117 Stealth Fighter to targets in the heavily defended areas around Baghdad. By the time January ended over 32,000 sorties had been flown with no losses of U.S. aircraft.
The ground War would begin in February and include 73 Easting, the largest tank battle since WWII.
Casualty figures for the War:
Number Total Battle Other
Served Deaths Deaths Deaths Wounded
Total 2,225,000 383 147 235 467
Army 782,000 224 98 126 354
Navy 669,000 55 5 50 12
Marines 213,000 68 24 44 92
Air Force 561,000 35 20 15 9
Those casualty figures are incomplete however. The effects of Gulf Way Syndrome continue to plague our veterans to this day. In November 2008 the VA finally confirmed the existence and ailments of GWS, 17 years after the fact. This is a good link if you're interested in more information. Of course even that isn't anything new to our veterans. Just ask any Vietnam Vet about Agent Orange.
A remembrance today of the men and women who served and especially those who gave their all.