Marylanders War In The Gulf

March 10, 1991

Killed on Feb. 20 when his anti-aircraft vehicle was hit by Iraqi fire along the Saudi-Kuwaiti border, Army Staff Sgt. Ronald M. Randazzo was the second Marylander killed in Operation Desert Storm and the first to be buried locally. He was 24.

Sargeant Randazzo joined the Army National Guard 1984, the year before he graduated from Glen Burnie High.

Two years later he signed up for active duty.

He planned to leave the Army to attend college.

He wanted a career in law enforcement, probably with the FBI -- and had been scheduled for discharge last fall.

His tour of duty was extended because of the war in the Persian Gulf.

Naval Lt. James H. Love of Arnold died in a helicopter crash Dec. 19.

A career naval officer, 31-year-old "Jamie" Love was one of four men aboard a copter from the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli that went down about 700 miles northeast of Guam. The UH1-N Huey helicopter was on a nightime search-and-rescue trining exercise in preparation for the gulf war.

A graduate of Archbishop Martin Spalding High School in Severn, he played lacrosse, basketball, baseball, swam in a summer league and ran cross country during a single year. He once scored seven goals in a high school soccer game.

"You always expected Jamie to go places," said a Spalding classmate. "You knew he'd be at the top of whatever he did."

Air Force 1st Lt. Thomas C. Bland Jr. was lost in a plane crash in Kuwait on Jan. 31.

Cliff Bland, 26, was born and reared in the Maryland suburbs of Washington. A sometime short-order cook who did other odd jobs in his mother's small, bric restaurant, he was the pilot of an Air Force gunship that went down behind enemy lines in Kuwiat before the cease-fire.

Lieutenant Bland and the rest of the 14-member crew are missing in action. He attended high school in Gaithersburg and received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M. Both his parents have pilot's licenses and he decided in college to try for his wings in the Air Force.

The day the news of his death reached home, his grandmother displayed a photo of Cliff Bland in his ROTC uniform leading a parade.

She said she asked her grandson why he was leading the marchers, and that he told her, "Well, Grandma, someone has to lead them."

Pvt. Timothy A. Shaw, who was with the Army Reserve, died Feb. 25 in a Scud missile attack on military barracks in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, that killed 28 Americans and injured a hundred others.

His mother, Annette Brown, lives in Alexandria,Va. His father, the Rev. Willie Shaw, lives in Painsville, Ohio.

Private Shaw. of Upper Marlboro, recieved his orders for Persian Gulf duty in January. "I got upset and I cried," said Ms. Brown. "And he said, 'Mom, I have to do what I have to do. I joined, and I have to do it.' "

Private Shaw, 21, worked for MCI Inc. in Washington during the day and studied for a degree in business administration at night in hopes of one day starting his own investigation business.

Army Staff Sgt. Garland V. Hailey, a former Morgan State University student, died in a helicopter crash in Saudi Arabia on Jan. 19. He was 37.

The helicopter, assigned to the 236th Air Ambulance Company, 818th Medical Battalion, 332nd Mediccal Group, VII Corps, also was carrying two patients, a medic and three crew members when it had mechanical difficulties and crashed.

Sergeant Hailey, who left Morgan State after two years to join the Army in the early 1970s, was a medical evacuation specialist, "doing what he wanted to do" when he died, said his mother, Margaret Hailey, a nursing assistant at Mercy Medical Center.

"He was a beautiful person," Mrs. Hailey said. "He loved his family, we loved him. He loved his career. He loved his country."

Marine Lance Cpl. James M. Lang was killed March 1, after the liberation of Kuwait, when a grenade detonated as he was handling it.

Corporal Lang, 20, was a Marine reservist assigned to Company B of the 4th Light Armored Infantry Battalion based at Fort Detrick in Frederick.

"I want to be a part of this... This is not an oil war. It is to stop a madman," he told the base newspaper when his unit was called up.

The son of a career Navy man, Corporal Lang grew up in Prince George's County and moved to Guam, his mother's birthplace, after his father retired in the late 1980s.

He graduated in 1989 from Harvest Christian Academy in Guam.

His sister, Violet Lang, 23, of Falls Church, Va., said: "We received a letter from him Sunday and found out [he was dead] on Monday. It was a real high and a real low for the whole family."

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