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Subject = INFO PAPER CHEM AGENT EXPOSURE 5 MAR 91 Parent Organization = AMC Unit = AMC Folder Title = CHEM AGENT EXPOSURE OPER DS INFO PAPER -PFC DAVID FISHER Document Number = 1 Box ID = BX003401 SGRD-TTV-ZA 5 March 91 INFORMATION PAPER CHEMICAL AGENT EXPOSURE OPERATION DESERT STORM 5 USC 552(b)(6) 1. PFC David Allen Fisher, is assigned to Scout Platoon, HHT, 4/8 Cavalry, 2nd Bde, 3d Armored Division, as a cavalry scout, MOS 19D. His exposure to mustard liquid occurred on I March 91 an the objective of 4/8 Cav in northwestern Kuwait (grid reference reported separately by LTC Adams, 3AD Chemical Officer). PFC Fisher's mission on 1 March included exploring enemy bunker complexes for intelligence materiel and personnel, and demolition of enemy fighting vehicles. On that date he wore Nomex tanker coveralls and a ballistic protective vest. While exploring numerous bunkers he remembers coming into contact with many surfaces in tight passages, resulting in the soiling of his clothing and equipment. He participated in demolition of ZSU-23 antiaircraft systems, BRD.M vehicles, and T55 tanks only. He specifically states that he was not in contact with tube or rocket field artillery systems. 2. PFC Fisher completed his mission at about 1700 on I March, returned to his platoon area, and experienced no symptoms for 8 hours until he started radio watch at 0100 on 2 March. At that time he felt stinging pain on the skin of his left upper arm, saw that the skin had a red sunburned appearance without blisters, and thought that it felt like a spider bite. He slept from 0300 to 0400, woke for stand-to, and felt more stinging pain on his arm. At this time there were blisters on the upper arm and more reddened skin on the lower arm. At 0800 his company medic checked him, thought he might have a heater burn, and had him return at 1600, when more blisters had formed on the lower arm. At that time he was seen by CW2 Ahmed and CW3 Wildhelm at the 4/8 Cav aid station. They suspected he 'might be a blister agent casualty, decontaminated him with 0.5% chlorine solution, applied a local dressing and evacuated him to C Co., 45th Support Bn. During their evaluation they were assisted by chemical personnel who monitored PFC Fisher's clothing and equipment with the spectrometer of a Fox NBC recon vehicle. Initial read-ings of soiled areas of clothing gave weak positive spectra suggesting possible lewisite or phosgene oxime contamination. A later reading of a soiled area of the left upper shoulder pad of the ballistic vest gave a strongly positive reading for HQ, a mustard compound. A subsequent Fox survey of the bunker complex was positive for mustard, HD.
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