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First Woman Gets Silver Star Since WW II
AP ^ | June 16, 2005 | JOHN J. LUMPKIN

Posted on 06/16/2005 7:33:16 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative

A 23-year-old sergeant with the Kentucky National Guard on Thursday became the first female soldier to receive the Silver Star — the nation's third-highest medal for valor — since World War II.

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, who is from Nashville, Tenn., but serves in a Kentucky unit, received the award for gallantry during a March 20 insurgent ambush on a convoy in Iraq. Two men from her unit, the 617th Military Police Company of Richmond, Ky., also received the Silver Star for their roles in the same action.

According to military accounts of the firefight, insurgents attacked the convoy as it traveled south of Baghdad, launching their assault from trenches alongside the road using rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Hester and her unit moved through enemy fire to the trenches, attacking them with grenades before entering and clearing them.

She killed at least three insurgents with her M4 rifle, according to her award citation. In the entire battle, 26 or 27 insurgents were killed and several more were captured, according to various accounts. Several Americans were also wounded in the firefight.

"Her actions saved the lives of numerous convoy members. Sgt. Hester's bravery is in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism," her award citation reads.

"I'm honored to even be considered, much less awarded, the medal," Hester told the American Forces Press Service, a military-run information service. "It really doesn't have anything to do with being a female. It's about the duties I performed that day as a soldier."

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hero; military; militarywomen; silverstar; wariniraq; waronterror; women; worldwar2
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1 posted on 06/16/2005 7:33:16 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

This young lady has become my hero....she kicked some serious terrorist butt.


2 posted on 06/16/2005 7:35:43 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog
Hey the lass is from Nashville!

When she writes the songs to go with the gallantry, she'll get a platinum record to go with the Silver Star! :-)

Seriously, good for her!

3 posted on 06/16/2005 7:37:55 PM PDT by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: Coop; Cap Huff

Fyi..


4 posted on 06/16/2005 7:38:19 PM PDT by Dog
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To: West Coast Conservative

Bravo for Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester!


5 posted on 06/16/2005 7:40:12 PM PDT by ex-Texan (Mathew 7:1 through 6)
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To: Happygal

If you know the Arab male mindset this here had to come as a rude shock to the jihadists who were in those trenches.....a WOMAN sent them to meet Allah.


6 posted on 06/16/2005 7:40:48 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog

I heard her father interviewed on a Kentucky radio station I happened to pick up on my way home tonight. He was SO proud, and said she had far exceeded his expectations of how she would do in the military. I guess so!


7 posted on 06/16/2005 7:41:01 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: West Coast Conservative; cyborg; fortunecookie

This is the kind of story I like to read!


8 posted on 06/16/2005 7:42:06 PM PDT by Petronski (Be alert! The world needs more lerts.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Hope this works...had to register...

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester
9 posted on 06/16/2005 7:44:24 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: West Coast Conservative

I saw this story on ABC News Tonight and Elizabeth Vargas kept on saying that the soldier "won" the medal. IT WAS EARNED ELIZABETH not won!


10 posted on 06/16/2005 7:46:15 PM PDT by 2dogjoe (Have a Blessed Day)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, vehicle commander, 617th Military Police Company, Richmond, Ky., stands at attention before receiving the Silver Star at an awards ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq, June 16. Hester is the first woman soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star. Photo by Spc. Jeremy D. Crisp, USA (Click photo for screen-resolution image)
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11 posted on 06/16/2005 7:48:22 PM PDT by 68skylark
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To: 2dogjoe
You were watching ABC news??? I didn't know any freepers did that.

Anyway, I'm just really glad to hear this story made it onto the newscast.

12 posted on 06/16/2005 7:49:48 PM PDT by 68skylark
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To: 68skylark

Thank you for your service Sgt. Hester


13 posted on 06/16/2005 7:52:06 PM PDT by gate2wire (We Honor Those Who Serve---WE REMEMBER--Thank you)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Good on her. Glad she's on our side.


14 posted on 06/16/2005 7:53:51 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: gate2wire

I agree. She sounds like a great NCO -- someone I'd be really proud to serve with.


15 posted on 06/16/2005 7:54:42 PM PDT by 68skylark
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To: West Coast Conservative

Already posted here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1424400/posts


16 posted on 06/16/2005 7:55:44 PM PDT by SLB ("We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us." C. S. Lewis)
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To: 2dogjoe
IT WAS EARNED ELIZABETH not won!

The earned not won distinction is almost a cliche. On the one hand, I can see how "won" might be construed as "acquired by chance" (like I "won" the stuffed animal at state fair or I "won" the lottery). But on the other hand, "won" could mean "she strove", "she rose to the occasion", "she fought for it" or "her efforts exceeded the efforts of others" as opposed to "she 'earned' her pay" or "she 'earned' her stripes" etc. I know what you mean though, Elizabeth probably thinks the soldier was lucky.

17 posted on 06/16/2005 7:59:14 PM PDT by Theophilus (Save Little Democrats, Stop Abortion)
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To: Dog

The best thing we could do is recruit more women who actually want to engage the enemy. It's a huge, huge blow to their egos.


18 posted on 06/16/2005 7:59:20 PM PDT by jess35
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To: West Coast Conservative

Welcome to the club Sergeant Hester. And thanks to your other teammates that were awarded medals for engaging the enemy too. God bless all our troops!


19 posted on 06/16/2005 8:16:46 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Americanexpat

Bump!


20 posted on 06/16/2005 8:31:44 PM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: Americanexpat

You have a very admirable resume, Sarge. Thank you for your service.


21 posted on 06/16/2005 8:34:42 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Recall Barbara Boxer)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Bump for this hero.


22 posted on 06/16/2005 8:40:46 PM PDT by aculeus (Ceci n'est pas une tag line.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Here is the complete after-action report

http://www.FreeRepublic.com/focus/f-news/1371347/posts


23 posted on 06/16/2005 8:41:33 PM PDT by zot (GWB -- four more years!)
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To: 2dogjoe

They really don't get it do they.


24 posted on 06/16/2005 9:15:35 PM PDT by Valin (The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
Mucho congratulations Sgt. Hester...a big HOOO AAAAAAHHH!
25 posted on 06/16/2005 9:49:21 PM PDT by Khurkris (I am too damp for a tag-line. Wait till I dry out.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

OH,.. yah... right... Women don't belong in combat.

Show this to all the nah sayers that are trying to change the makeup of the US Army during a war.


26 posted on 06/16/2005 11:49:58 PM PDT by SR 50 (Larry)
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To: Khurkris

Kudu's to Sgt. Hester for a job very well done.


27 posted on 06/17/2005 12:02:55 AM PDT by flaglady47
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To: West Coast Conservative

Women don't belong in combat…..unless they're saving your a$$.


28 posted on 06/17/2005 1:42:37 AM PDT by 12B
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To: Dog; Cap Huff; patton; IGOTMINE; Squantos; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; StarCMC

Awesome story! I think I'm in love. (Ssshh! Don't tell the Mrs.)


29 posted on 06/17/2005 4:05:22 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Coop

Hey I was here first..:-)


30 posted on 06/17/2005 4:06:59 AM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog

She needs a man, not a pet. :-)


31 posted on 06/17/2005 4:07:52 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Coop

LOL!


32 posted on 06/17/2005 4:11:57 AM PDT by Dog
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To: Coop

She is the type of person, you want watching your back and your blind side.


33 posted on 06/17/2005 6:29:57 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 5 decades.)
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To: West Coast Conservative; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; armymarinemom; DTogo; Jeff Head; CheneyChick; ...

Salute PING


34 posted on 06/18/2005 1:23:11 AM PDT by Former Military Chick (I salute all our Vets, those who walked before me and all those who walk after me.)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Excellent job!

Now, how long before the Dems start painting her as a baby killer and find some way to discredit her and demand she give back her Silver Star?

Oh, that's right...it'll happen right here with the "women don't belong in combat" minions, LOL! ;)


35 posted on 06/18/2005 5:19:20 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
I agree she is well deserving of the award. You, however are deserving of the poor taste award of the day.

To compare those of us here who believe there are legitimate reasons to try and minimize women serving actively in combat and combate support positions with the liberal anti-war crowd who denigrate our fine military is akin to the the outrageous statements we have heard from Democrat quarters recently.

Let's give Sgt Hester the honor she is due and save the tacky insults for another thread.

36 posted on 06/18/2005 5:44:06 AM PDT by MACVSOG68
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To: SR 50
... Women don't belong in combat.

Show this to all the nah sayers that are trying to change the makeup of the US Army during a war.

There's nothing extraordinarily special about what she did to merit that award. She did what all soldiers are expected to do when attacked, and there are many men who are doing far greater on a daily basis that are not getting such accolades.  I'm glad she responded, but it says absolutely nothing about women in combat. Her actions are hype being putting out femigon propagandist -it's way out of proportion to what occurred.

37 posted on 06/18/2005 5:47:15 AM PDT by Chief_Joe (From where the sun now sits, I will fight on -FOREVER!!!)
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To: MACVSOG68

I guess you missed my go-round last week with a nut on another thread. Now, HE was insulting, when compared to what I posted.

Sorry if I upset you, one Vet to another. (ODS, '90-'92.) ;)


38 posted on 06/18/2005 6:26:25 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Sorry if I upset you, one Vet to another. (ODS, '90-'92.) ;)

No problem. Just felt the heavy hand of the broad brush. Heck, I might have taken your side. Missed the thread. But I have participated in a number on the subject. Take care.

39 posted on 06/18/2005 6:55:40 AM PDT by MACVSOG68
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To: 68skylark
I agree. She sounds like a great NCO -- someone I'd be really proud to serve with.

Ditto on that.

40 posted on 06/18/2005 7:48:56 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

It's about time we hear one of the MANY good stories....


41 posted on 06/18/2005 7:51:09 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: West Coast Conservative

Damn! I salute.

I have this picture in my head - she has children and they are at the dating stage. She comes to the door to meet the young person who is taking her child out on a date.
She casually drops, "By the way - I earned the Silver Star for killing scum - when I was 23 years old".


42 posted on 06/18/2005 7:56:45 AM PDT by mabelkitty (Lurk forever, but once you post, your newbness shines like a new pair of shoes.)
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To: Chief_Joe
There's nothing extraordinarily special about what she did to merit that award

Excuse me?

43 posted on 06/18/2005 8:05:16 AM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: MilspecRob
Congratulations Sgt. Hester! What I love about this lady is that she when they interviewed her about this awesome award, she could not understand all the fuss. She said she was just doing her job.

People with that characteristic are the most deserving. They are also the most appreciative and appreciated.

44 posted on 06/18/2005 8:10:47 AM PDT by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Bravo! Kudos to all the females in our armed forces.


45 posted on 06/18/2005 8:13:30 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Chief_Joe
There's nothing extraordinarily special about what she did to merit that award.

Man, you've got a really odd point of view.

46 posted on 06/18/2005 8:41:57 AM PDT by 68skylark
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To: Chief_Joe
There's nothing extraordinarily special about what she did to merit that award.

Then I'm confident you feel the same way about the actions of the two male soldiers who also received Silver Stars (for the same engagement). Correct?

47 posted on 06/18/2005 8:53:03 AM PDT by exnavychick (There's too much youth; how about a fountain of smart?)
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To: exnavychick; 68skylark; MilspecRob
Actually, I'm just trying to bring to light the propaganda being put out by the feminists in the Pentagon and their accomplishes in the media. I'm not trying to belittle her achievements, but they hardly merit support for women in combat. There are thousands of male soldiers who have done and are doing more on a daily basis, yet they are not receiving such awards. Yeah, they a gave a couple of more out to some fellows in this unit because they couldn't even come close to justifying it for her without doing so.
48 posted on 06/18/2005 9:18:00 AM PDT by Chief_Joe (From where the sun now sits, I will fight on -FOREVER!!!)
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To: Chief_Joe

I know there are a lot of debates here about women in the military, and it brings out strong feelings.

To me, this thread is not the place to stir up those debates, and say things like "propaganda" and "no big deal." There are 26 enemy dead from this small squad -- let's just be happy about that for a moment, okay?

There will be plenty of other threads where freepers can make disparaging comments about women who serve in uniform.


49 posted on 06/18/2005 9:44:49 AM PDT by 68skylark
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To: West Coast Conservative

"A 23-year-old sergeant with the Kentucky National Guard on Thursday became the first female soldier to receive the Silver Star — the nation's third-highest medal for valor"

Great. Other than the CMOH, what medal is hight than the Silver Star?


50 posted on 06/18/2005 9:49:27 AM PDT by NY Attitude
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