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For the first time since World War II, a woman soldier was awarded the Silver Star Medal today in Iraq.
Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester of the 617th Military Police Company, a National Guard unit out of Richmond, Ky., received the Silver Star, along with two other members of her unit, Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein and Spc. Jason Mike, for their actions during an enemy ambush on their convoy. Other members of the unit also received awards.
Hester's squad was shadowing a supply convoy March 20 when anti-Iraqi fighters ambushed the convoy. The squad moved to the side of the road, flanking the insurgents and cutting off their escape route. Hester led her team through the "kill zone" and into a flanking position, where she assaulted a trench line with grenades and M203 grenade-launcher rounds. She and Nein, her squad leader, then cleared two trenches, at which time she killed three insurgents with her rifle.
Nein, who is on his second deployment to Iraq, praised Hester and his other soldiers for their actions that day. "It's due to their dedication and their ability to stay there and back me up that we were able to do what we did that day," he said.
Here's an Interview with her on March 20
I have never underestimated the power of a woman, but I continue to be amazed at the contribution from our wonderful young women in the military.Posted by nanahawk at June 17, 2005 04:31 PM
Personally, I find having women in combat very distasteful.
However, I have never thought of women as timid or cowardly. I've known too many who were quite assertive, even during the 1950s...
I'm quite proud of all of our men and women in uniform.Posted by jtb-in-texas at June 17, 2005 04:41 PM
I'll bet both the Soldiers and civilians who were saved by these valiant MP's, as well as the insurgents who were killed or captured by them never gave one thought to their gender during the battle.Posted by SFC SKI at June 17, 2005 09:33 PM
Well earned!Posted by armynurseboy at June 17, 2005 09:57 PM
I hope "distasteful" doesn't mean what it sounds like you mean. Since there aren't enough men volunteering, what are we to do? Good think she was there. I have a daughter in the military and I don't find her service "distasteful?"
Perhaps you just meant it's too tough picturing the fairer sex exposed to danger?Posted by Kate Shanahan at June 20, 2005 05:40 PM
Distasteful? I disagree. In fact, one nice benefit to not forcing our women into burqas is that they can kick ass and take names as the situation requires.
I am once again reminded of how proud I am of our fellow citizens who take up arms in defense of our country.Posted by RP at June 20, 2005 10:18 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(6) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)