Case Narrative

Reported Mustard Agent Exposure
Operation Desert Storm


Case Narratives are reports of what we know today about specific events that took place during the Gulf War of 1990 and 1991. This case narrative focuses on the only documented report of a chemical warfare agent exposure to a US soldier during the Gulf War. This is an interim report, not a final report. We hope that 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 reported mustard agent exposure. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:


Bernard Rostker
Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses
Department of Defense


Last Update: August 27, 1997

Many veterans of the Gulf War have been experiencing a variety of physical symptoms, collectively called Gulf War Illnesses. In response to veterans’ concerns, the Department of Defense (DOD) established a task force in June 1995 to investigate all possible causes. The Investigation and Analysis Directorate (IAD) of the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses (OSAGWI) assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996 and has continued to investigate evidence of chemical exposures. Among numerous previous reports, this incident-- which is the only documented report of chemical warfare agent exposure to a US soldier during Operation Desert Storm-- was reported by the IAD predecessor organization in testimony to the Presidential Advisory Committee on April 16, 1996.[1]

As part of the effort to inform the public about the progress of this effort, DOD is publishing (on the Internet and elsewhere) accounts related to possible causes of Gulf War Illnesses, along with whatever documentary evidence or personal testimony was used in compiling the accounts. The narrative that follows is such an account.




Exposure Incident

Medical Treatment

Physical Evidence Collected

Analysis of Physical Evidence

Experts' Conclusions
TAB A - Acronyms
TAB B - Units Involved
TAB C - Bibliography
TAB D - Methodology for Chemical Incident Investigation
TAB E - Transcription of Fox Spectra Printout

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