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Check Six – 1990: Desert Storm – Protecting the seas

January 13, 2021

From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

Dan Zedan chokes up as he remembers saying goodbye to his children when he went off to war 30 years ago.

“I’ll never forget that night. Forgive me if I get emotional,” he said.

Zedan, a Coast Guard Reserve commander at the time, served more than six months in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He spent the first two months as a liaison to the Joint Task Force, planning and executing the war. Then he took command of Port Security Unit 302, protecting ships coming into the Bahrain harbor and advising their Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard never mobilized since World War II. No one expected they would again, including Zedan, who was a vice president of marketing in Chicago when his 15-year-old daughter called.

“Dad, are you going overseas?” she asked.

“What are you talking about?”

“There’s a war,” she said. “It’s war.”

It was Aug. 2, 1990.

Tsianina (prounced Sha-Neenah) was watching news coverage about Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.

“No, don’t worry,” he told her over the phone. “It will be over quick.”

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