Case Narrative


Reported Chemical Warfare Agent Exposure in the
2d Reconnaissance Battalion


Case Narratives are reports of what we know today about certain events of the 1990-1991 Gulf War. This case narrative focuses on a group of Marines who reportedly experienced injuries that appeared symptomatic of chemical warfare agent exposure. This is an interim, not a final, report. We hope 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 the incident(s) reported in this narrative. Please contact us to report any new information by calling:


Office of the Special Assistant to the
Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness)
for Gulf War Illnesses, Medical Readiness,
and Military Deployments
Department of Defense

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Last Update: May 25, 2001

Many veterans of the Gulf War have expressed concern their unexplained illnesses may result from their experiences in that war. In response to veterans’ concerns, the Department of Defense established a task force in June 1995 to investigate incidents and circumstances relating to possible causes. The Office of the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996, and continued to investigate reports of chemical warfare agent incidents. Effective April 5, 2001, this office became the Office of the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) for Gulf War Illnesses, Medical Readiness, and Military Deployments, with continued responsibility for Gulf War issues.

To inform the public about the progress of its Gulf-War-related efforts, the Department of Defense publishes on the Internet and elsewhere accounts that may contribute to the discussion of possible causes of illnesses of Gulf War veterans, along with documentary evidence or personal testimony used in compiling the accounts. This narrative is such an account.


A. Background
1. Incident Report
2. The 2d Reconnaissance Battalion
B. Sequence of Events
1. Pre-Ground War Activities
2. Ground War Activities (February 24-26, 1991)
3. Fleet Hospital 15 (March 11-17, 1991)
C. Investigating the Incident
1. Conditions at the Site
2. Interviews of Witnesses and Key Servicemembers
3. Analysis
4. Medical Expert's Review
A. Communication
B. Organizational and Administrative Record-keeping
TAB A – Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Glossary
TAB B – Units Involved
TAB C – Bibliography
TAB D – Methodology for Chemical Warfare Incident Investigation
TAB E – The Chemical Agent Monitor

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