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On 31 Jan 1991, AC-130H Spectre Gunship, call sign "Spirit 03",

 
 
 
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On 31 Jan 1991, AC-130H Spectre Gunship, call sign "Spirit 03", was shot down by an Iraqi surface-to-air missile while supporting U.S. Marines during a battle in Khafji, Saudia Arabia, during Operation DESERT STORM.

14 members of the 16th Special Operations Squadron lost their lives during the tragic event, the largest single loss by any Air Force unit in Operation Desert Storm.

Join me in saluting these brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice 29 years ago today. Heroes, you are not forgotten:

Maj. Paul Weaver
Capt. Cliff Bland
Capt. Arthur Galvan
Capt. William Grimm
Capt. Dixon Walters
Senior Master Sgt. Paul Buege
Senior Master Sgt. James May
Tech. Sgt. Robert Hodges
Tech Sgt. John Oelschlager
Staff Sgt. John Blessinger
Staff Sgt. Timothy Harrison
Staff Sgt. Damon Kanuha
Staff Sgt. Mark Schmauss
Sergeant Barry Clark

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