Soldier recounts experience from Kuwait

By Ed Brock

U.S. 3rd Army Sgt. John Stoor saw a News Daily story on his family on the Internet and decided to call the paper.

The fact that he was still in Kuwait was no obstacle.

Stoor, who has been in the Middle East since shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, may have been calling from his cell phone, his usual means of calling wife Robin Stoor as he's driving to work as a personal assistant to a general at Camp Doha, Kuwait.

The Stoors live in Rex, so when John Stoor calls it's usually 2 or 3 a.m., Robin Stoor said.

John Stoor said he wanted to clarify a story his family related about his possible involvement in the rescue of Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch from imprisonment by Iraqi soldiers. He was not in the area when the rescue occurred, Stoor said, but he got to watch it live from a command center.

As for life in Kuwait City, Stoor said things were relatively "laid back." Military personnel are encouraged by reports that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was killed in a bombing attack on Monday.

"The general feeling is we got him and we'll be coming home soon," Stoor said.