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Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the deadly SCUD Missile attack on the US Army's 14th Quartermaster Detachment

22 February 2011 (12 Noon)

41st Street Water Training Site, Fort Lee, Virginia 23801

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Members of the 14th Quartermaster Detachment

Members of the 14th Quartermaster Detachment receive a hero's welcome at Latrobe Airport, Pennsylvania, March 9, 1991


Mobilization, Training and Deployment

The 14th Quartermaster Detachment, a United States Army Reserve water purification unit stationed in Greensburg, PA, was mobilized for service in Southwest Asia on January 15, 1991. The unit arrived at Fort Lee, VA three days later to conduct intensive mobilization training in preparation for deployment to Saudi Arabia. For the next thirty days, detachment soldiers trained 18 hours a day on the Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) water purification system and common soldier tasks. The unit, augmented by 35 filler personnel from other active Army and reserve units, arrived in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia on February 19, 1991. The detachment's soldiers were quartered in a warehouse that had been converted to a temporary barracks. There they waited for the arrival of unit equipment and movement to a field support location.

At 8:40 p.m. (12:40 p.m. EST) on February 25, 1991, parts of an Iraqi SCUD missile destroyed the barracks housing members of the 14th Quartermaster Detachment. In the single, most devastating attack on U.S. forces during that war, 28 soldiers died and 99 were wounded. The 14th Quartermaster Detachment lost 13 soldiers and suffered 43 wounded (81% casualty rate). Casualties were evacuated to medical facilities in Saudi Arabia and Germany. The 14th, which had been in Saudi Arabia only six days, suffered the greatest number of casualties of any allied unit during Operation Desert Storm.

Fort Lee, Virginia

On April 20, 1991, the Quartermaster Center and School dedicated a new Water Training Facility on 41st Street in the memory of the fallen members of the 14th Quartermaster Detachment. A stone monument and plaque list the names of the 13 unit members who perished. On March 3, 1993, Fort Lee also dedicated one of its Gymnasiums as "Clark Gym" in honor of Specialist Beverly Sue Clark of Armagh.

In Memory of:

14th Quartermaster Detachment

Specialist Steven E. Atherton, age 26, Nurmine, Pennsylvania
Specialist John A. Boliver, Jr., age 27, MononGahela, Pennsylvania
Sergeant Joseph P. Bongiorni III, age 20, Hickory, Pennsylvania
Sergeant John T. Boxler, age 44, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Specialist Beverly S. Clark, age 23, Armagh, Pennsylvania
Sergeant Allen B. Craver, age 32, Penn Hills, Pennsylvania
Specialist Frank S. Keough, age 22, North Huntington, Pennsylvania
Specialist Anthony E. Madison, age 27, Monessen, Pennsylvania
Specialist Christine L. Mayes, age 22, Rochester Mills, Pennsylvania
Specialist Steven J. Siko, age 24, Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Specialist Thomas G. Stone, age 20, Falconer, New York
Sergeant Frank J. Walls, age 20, Hawthorne, Pennsylvania
Specialist Richard V. Wolverton, 22, Latrobe, Pennsylvania


For more information on the 14th Quartermaster Detachment,
please visit the links below:


14 Quartermaster Detachment (Face Book Page) Click Here
14th QM DET (Face Book Page) Click Here
QM Foundation (History) Click Here


This page was last updated on: August 9, 2013