ACREE, CLIFFORD M.
Name: Clifford M. Acree Rank/Branch: O5/US Marine Corps Unit: VMO2 Age: 39 Home City: Oceanside CA Date of Loss: 18 January 1991 Country of Loss: Kuwait Loss Coordinates: Status: Released 03/05/91 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: OV10
Other Personnel in Incident: Guy Hunter, Jr. (released)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 09 March 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, published sources, interviews. Updated by the POW NETWORK 2002.
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
SYNOPSIS: The OV10 Bronco was among the aircraft most feared by the Viet Cong and NVA forces during the Vietnam war, because whenever the Bronco appeared overhead, an air strike seemed certain to follow. Although the glassed-in cabin could become uncomfortably warm, it provided splendid visibility. The two-man crew had armor protection and could use machine guns and bombs to attack, as well as rockets to mark targets for fighter bombers. This versatility enabled the plane to fly armed reconnaissance missions, in addition to serving as vehicle for forward air controllers.
LtCol. Clifford Acree and Chief Warrant Officer Guy L. Hunter, Jr. were the crew of an OV10 Bronco in the Middle East when U.S. air forces were again called into action in January 1991. Acree was the pilot of the aircraft while Hunter was the observation officer. The two were assigned to Marine squadron VM02, of which Acree was the commander. Both had been stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, prior to being sent to the Persian Gulf. During the first wave of offensive strikes against Iraqi military targets, the aircraft was flying a reconnaissance mission was downed by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) and both Acree and Hunter were captured by Iraqi forces. Their location is uncertain, as various reports state southern Kuwait or Iraq.
On January 20, 1991, Hunter and Acree appeared on Iraqi television in an apparent propaganda effort by their Iraqi captors. First the voice interviews, followed by the videotapes were released by Cable News Network (CNN). Hunter and Acree appeared to be speaking under extreme duress. Also on January 20, the Iraqis stated that their POWs would be used as "human shields" to protect their important military targets from strikes by Allied forces.
On March 6, 1991, Hunter and Acree were released by the Iraqis. Although the military personnel released have said very little publicly, some have stated that they were well-treated. Most of the POWs were held near an intelligence complex at Basra.
Clifford M. Acree will soon rejoin his wife, Cindy. Acree has an 11-year-old daughter, Stephany, from a former marriage who lives with her mother in San Diego. Acree is the son of Marvin "Bill" and Delia Acree, and has a sister, Brayman, of Lynnwood, Washington. Acree grew up in the Seattle, Washington, area and attended Shoreline Community College there.
In 2000, Cynthia Acree with Col. Cliff Acree, USMC released THE GULF
BETWEEN US -
Love and Terror in Desert Storm. The book traces the 7 month they were apart.