About 100 Marine Reserves from Utah who were activated in November have left Camp Lejeune, N.C., in support of Operation Desert Shield - presumably deployed to the Persian Gulf.
They are Company C, 4th Light Armored Infantry Battalion, currently serving with Company E, 2nd Light Armored Infantry Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Reinforced. They drilled at Tooele Army Depot before they were called to active duty.The company began moving out from Camp Lejeune this week, Gunnery Sgt. Robert G. Crosier Jr. said Friday. They are "currently serving in Operation Desert Shield," he said.
He told the Deseret News, "I talked to Camp Lejeune, and all they passed to me was they deployed the week of the 24th of December." Throughout the week, Marines were moving out of the huge camp unit by unit.
Crosier said he does not expect to receive further word about the company until the first part of 1991. "Everything is going super, as far as we know," he said.
For those wishing to write to the Utah Marines, they can be contacted through: Company E, 2nd Light Armored Infantry Battalion, FPO New York, N.Y. 09502-0204.
When they were activated, the reservists believed they were destined for Saudi Arabia, although there was no official word about that. During a briefing Nov. 23, one corporal said, "I hope we head over, as a matter of fact, because we're not the Girl Scouts . . . we're the Marines and we're here to do a job."
A second group of Marine Reserves from Utah - Company F, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Regiment, 4th Marine Division, stationed at Fort Douglas - was activated as of Dec. 9. They were told they would serve in Okinawa, Japan.