Operation Desert Shield

November 8, 1990, in Marine Corps history.
Operation Desert Shield
Posted on 11/8/2000

On November 8, 1990, President George H.W. Bush announced his plan to add more than 200,000 additional troops to those already deployed to the Persian Gulf area in support of Operation Desert Shield. With the addition of II MEF units from the Marine Corps' East Coast bases and the 5th MEB from California, the number of Marines deployed to the area swelled to nearly 90,000 within two months.

U.S. Marines watch from a pier as the dock landing ship USS Pensacola is assisted by a tug. Elements of the 2nd Marine Division embarked aboard the Pensacola and other ships to participate in Operation Desert Shield. (USMC photo)

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