US Marine Corps Minefield Breaching

Case Narratives are reports of what we know today about specific events that took place during the Gulf War of 1990 and 1991. This particular case narrative focuses on US Marine Corps Minefield Breaching. Incidents discussed in this narrative were reported by Task Force Ripper in the 1st Marine Division and by the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines in the 2d Marine Division. This is an interim report, not a final report. We hope that you will read this and contact us with any information that would help us better understand the events reported here. With your help, we will be able to report more accurately on the events surrounding US Marine Corps Minefield Breaching. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:




Bernard Rostker
Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses
Department of Defense



Last Update: July 29, 1997


Many veterans of the Gulf War have been experiencing a variety of physical symptoms, collectively called Gulf War illnesses. In response to veterans’ concerns, the Department of Defense (DOD) established a task force in June 1995 to investigate all possible causes. On 12 November 1996, responsibility for these investigations was assumed by the Investigation and Analysis Directorate (IAD), Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses (OSAGWI) which has continued to investigate the events related to the US Marine Corps Minefield Breaching operations. Its interim report is contained here.

As part of the effort to inform the public about the progress of this effort, DOD is publishing on the Internet and elsewhere accounts related to possible causes of Gulf War illnesses, along with whatever documentary evidence or personal testimony was used in compiling the account. The narrative that follows is such an account.




Operations of the 1st Marine Division
Initial Report
Corroborating Information
Operations of the 2nd Marine Division
Lane Red 1 Chemical Alert
Corroborating Information
Possible Chemical Land Mine
Fox Alert Analysis
Possible Chemical Injury
Tab A - Acronyms and Glossary
Tab B - Units Involved
Tab C - Bibliography
Tab D - Methodology for Chemical Incident Investigation
End Notes


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