M1A1 Tanks In Kuwait

Perez Family

The photo on the left is my first published photo.  It was in a book called Forever In A Moment.  I took this photo when I was in Kuwait back in 1998.  We had just stopped for a dinner break and I looked outside and saw tat the sun was getting ready to set.  I loved the way it looked and so I snapped the photo.  I entered the photo in a contest and the photo was chosen to be added to the book.  That was my first published piece of work. 

That’s all for today!

Thanks for reading!

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Promotion To Corporal Ceremony

Photo of Manuel Perez getting promoted to Corporal while in the United States Marine Corps.

While I was in Kuwait back in 1997, we had an experience that was amazing.  When we arrived back home, I had a promotion warrant for me.  I had gotten promoted to Corporal.  It was a big thing for me because ever since I first signed up to be in the Marine Corps, I wanted that Blood Stripe and I knew that I had to work hard to get it and to keep it.  The ceremony was short and sweet but it was cool to get promoted in such a surprise.  I eventually got promoted to Sergeant in 2000 just about a month or two before I got out which was another key step for me because being a Sergeant is something else. 

That’s all for today.

Semper Fidelis,

Manuel Perez

Self Portrait In Kuwait

Me In Kuwait

I was going through some old photos and found this one of me while I was in Kuwait back in 1998.  We were there for an exercise and we were in some really hot weather.  I must say that after being inside the belly of an M1A1 that I have more respect for tankers!  God Bless them!  This photo of me is me manning the Tank Commander and the 50 Caliber.  While in Kuwait we experienced temperatures at about 120 degrees and the driver passed out.  They needed someone to man the driver’s seat so they put me in it.  I stripped down to my skivvies because it was so hot in there.  All I remember was a pool of sweat after we got done.  I think I lost some weight while I was over there.  I should go back so I can lose some more.