Saddam Hussein’s Uniform on Display
The Armed Forces History Museum is proud to boast that it has on display the only uniform of Saddam Hussein, known to be in the United States. The display includes a life-like mannequin of Saddam holding his favorite candy bar. Do you know what that might be? Also featured in this display is the uniform of a 1st Sgt. Michael T. Hibbs, the soldier who “captured” the uniform when he commanded the unit that took control of Saddam’s Baghdad palace. The full story is available on a flyer at the display.
A Brief Look at Saddam Hussein – 5th President of Iraq
Saddam Hussein took office as the 5th President of Iraq on July 16, 1979. Saddam first served as Vice President of Iraq under General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr. Though many groups throughout the country were considered strong enough to overthrow the government during this time, Saddam was able to tightly control various security forces between both the Iraqi government and its armed forces.
During his presidency, Saddam was believed to have inhibited movements by the Shi’a and the Kurdish, who were believed to be attempting an overthrow of the government. At the very least, they were believed to be seeking independence. Saddam’s power included the Iran-Iraq War (1980 thru 1988). Two years later, in 1990, he attacked Kuwait. By 1991, an international coalition arrived in an attempt to free Kuwait, which began the Gulf War of 1991. However, Saddam’s rule continued.
In March, 2003 U.S. President, George W. Bush, alleged Saddam was in possession of weapons of mass destruction. As a result, several countries -headed up by the U.S. and the U.K.- invaded Iraq and were successful in overthrowing Saddam. This disbanded his Ba’ath party and Iraq led to Iraq’s transition into a democratic system. Saddam was eventually captured in December, 2003, put on trial and was convicted of the 1982 killing of 148 Iraqi Shi’ites. His sentence – death by hanging – was carried out on December 30, 2006.