Life on The Line

For the grunts in the northern desert, the war is a tale of dark fear, deep pride, lost mail, long waits and improvisation

To the ground soldiers of Operation Desert Storm, the shortest road home from Saudi Arabia cuts through Kuwait. But the prospect of traveling along it fills the grunts with dread.

In the evening, when the meals are over and the winds pick up and the temperatures drop below freezing, there are words of comfort. Some come from tentmates, some from letters, some from the radio muttering at cotside 24 hours a day. There are favorite songs, including one that is making the rounds of tents and bunkers in northern Saudi Arabia. It is a verse for a soldier, the 91st Psalm.

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