New Historical Narrative “Desert Storm Diary” Provides Up-Close View of Life During Gulf War for Veteran and His Sons

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American citizen, soldier, friend, physician, husband, and father—Colonel Franklin Hook’s reflections from Desert Storm offer new perspectives on military life, family and war.

Author Franklin Hook documents the chronology of the Gulf War, its major battles, its leaders, its heroes, and its impact on his own family. As a physician and Army reservist from North Dakota called up to active duty in those delicate months between summer of 1990 and early 1991, Hook kept a wartime diary of events and emotions while he was in command of the 311th Evacuation Hospital.

In addition to caring for patients in a combat zone and flying Med Evac missions, Hook also writes of the challenges he faced navigating problems with higher headquarters and negotiating with Arab Muslim civilians.

At the core of Hook’s narrative is an incredible family memoir. Hook’s two sons were also deployed overseas for Operation Desert Storm: Bill served as a B-52 pilot and Paul as an MI AI Abrams tank platoon commander. Their stories are highlighted throughout the book as father-son interviews, laced with the author’s feelings of paternal pride and concern.

Hook retells of Bill’s role in the last B-52 mission over Baghdad and the emotion and angst he experienced upon hearing a serviceman from North Dakota was missing after a B-52 bombing run.

The memoir concludes with an epilogue: “Reflections & the Ten Commandments of Muslim Diplomacy,” a series of thoughts and memories which Hook hopes will be inspiration for future generations.

“Some twenty plus years have now gone by and a number of good people from the 311th have left this life,” Hook explains. “I wish we could pass our own experience to the next generation by reflection which Confucius says is the easiest.”

“Desert Storm Diary” is available in full-color, black-and-white, and Kindle editions. Orders can be made at,, and

About the Author

Franklin Hook is a graduate of Stanford University and the Jefferson Medical College of Jefferson University in Philadelphia who went on to practice and teach radiology at the University of North Dakota’s School of Medicine. Hook’s extensive military career includes three years of active duty with the Navy and as an Army reserve officer. He commanded the 311th Evacuation Hospital during Desert Storm and his many military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Liberation of Kuwait (both USA and Saudi) Medals, Armed Forces Expedition Medal, and others. Col. Hook belongs to the American Legion and is a lifetime member of the VFW. He currently lives in Hot Springs, S.D.


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