Linda Maye Adams

Desert Storm: Female Prisoner of War


What little news I did get came from a small AM/FM radio that was Irwin Allen yellow (TV producer Irwin Allen liked the color yellow and on his TV show Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, it had a very yellow Flying Sub). As the war progressed, the radio stations tried to establish music for it. Music became a big part of the Vietnam War, so the stations tried songs from that time for us. One of the ones I remember hearing was Janis Joplin.

But the music didn’t seem to stick much.

I’d sit in the back of the cargo container looking out at the horizon where the war was and wondering when it was going to come my way. Around January 30 or after, I heard some news on the radio that sent a chill through me.

A woman soldier had been captured.

She was lower enlisted soldier, like me. She’d been in a truck with another soldier, delivering equipment, when she was captured.

I’d been in some of the convoys. The same thing could have happened to me.

And still could. I thought about that a lot as I watched the horizon where the front line was.

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  1. What happened to her?

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    • She left the military and still has problems with PTSD. Last reports was that she had cancer.

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  2. Remeber this like it was yesterday Linda. It was in Khafji on the Kuwaiti border. Remember a major on TV breaking down because his unit was unable to get her back. Apparently thy got lost and ended up in the deserted town and were capotured by teh Iraqi’s . A week later I was sent up to fight an oil spill that threatened my company’s desal plant where we were giving 32,000 gallons of fresh water to the troops. She was eventually returned at the end of the war but don”t think any details of how they ended up lost or what happened after capture. Flood of memories from you posts. Keep them up.

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    • When I saw Jessica Lynch movie and how the convoy got lost and kept pressing forward away, it was hard because I realized the same thing could have happened to me. Our convoy commanders would have done the same thing.

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