TAB E - Chronology Extracts
Most of the units near Al Jaber have recorded these alerts in their unit logs. However, the 3d Tank Battalion did not record the event.
The 7th Marines (Task Force Ripper) noted the alert as follows:
1910 - WENT TO MOPP-4 1920 - ALL CLEAR SOUNDED
The 3d Assault Amphibian Battalion recorded it as follows:
Fox vehicle detected and identified Lewicite [sic] agent. Ripper 6 believes that chemical weapons were used but not sure if Ripper was the target. These chemical munitions could have been exploded by our own artilleryfire, thus causing secondary explosions. 1910 - Going to MOPP-4. 1920 - All clear sounded.
The 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) recorded it as follows:
1910 - Fox vehicle detects Lewicite [sic]. TF Ripper returns to MOPP 4 1920 -
The 11th Marines, which had one battalion, the 3/11, assigned to Task Force Ripper, reports in its command chronology:
1911 - 3/11 REPORTS POSSIBLE GAS ATTACK; UNITS GO TO MOPP LEVEL 4. TF RIPPER FOX VEHICLE REPORTED DETECTING BLISTER AGENT LEWISITE AT 1918. AT 2030 DIVISION REPORTED THAT BLISTER AGENT WAS FALSE ALARM. UNITS RETURN TO MOPP LEVEL ONE [sic].
The 11th Marines War Journal also reports:
3/11 RPTS [reports] A GAS ATK [attack]. PRIDE MAIN ALSO RPTS [reports] A GAS ATK [attack].
1918 - RIPPER RPTS [reports] A BLISTER AGENT WHICH IS CONFIRMED BY A FOX VEHICLE. RPT [report] SENT TO ALL BNS [battalions].
The 11th Marines War Journal could mean two attacks are being recorded simultaneously. Actually, 3/11 was on the Task Force Ripper communications network and would have passed along the Fox alert to its regimental headquarters. Pride Main was the 1st MARDIV Headquarters Command Posts call sign. It did not report a chemical alert at its location, but passed the Fox alert along. The 1st Marine Division Headquarters Command Post received the Task Force Ripper report at 1918 (or possibly 1908, with a time or transcription reporting error) and recorded it without realizing it was the same alert.