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(Woman)Soldier Earns Silver Star for Her Role in Defeating Ambush
Wash Post ^ | June 17, 2005; | Ann Scott Tyson

Posted on 06/17/2005 5:43:15 AM PDT by Ramonan

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester fought her way through an enemy ambush south of Baghdad, killing three insurgents with her M-4 rifle to save fellow soldiers' lives -- and yesterday became the first woman since World War II to win the Silver Star medal for valor in combat.

The 23-year-old retail store manager from Bowling Green, Ky., won the award for skillfully leading her team of military police soldiers in a counterattack after about 50 insurgents ambushed a supply convoy they were guarding near Salman Pak on March 20.

The 23-year-old retail store manager from Bowling Green, Ky., won the award for skillfully leading her team of military police soldiers in a counterattack after about 50 insurgents ambushed a supply convoy they were guarding near Salman Pak on March 20.

The medal, rare for any soldier, underscores the growing role in combat of U.S. female troops in Iraq's guerrilla war, where tens of thousands of American women have served, 36 have been killed and 285 wounded, according to Pentagon figures.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: braverthanjohnkerry; combat; courage; militarywomen; moreofamanthankerry; soldier; woamn

1 posted on 06/17/2005 5:43:15 AM PDT by Ramonan
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To: Ramonan

Who will cast the first stone?


2 posted on 06/17/2005 5:44:59 AM PDT by verity (A mindset is an antidote to logic.)
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To: Ramonan

Woamn?

Dust Jam.


3 posted on 06/17/2005 5:45:00 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Ramonan

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester is the first female soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star medal for valor in combat.
Photo Credit: By Spec. Jeremy D. Crisp -- Defense Department Via Associated Press
4 posted on 06/17/2005 5:45:23 AM PDT by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: Ramonan

While I don't believe women should have a combat role,there's NO disputing that this is"One HE** of a Woman"!!


5 posted on 06/17/2005 5:45:29 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Ramonan

Grace under fire. You go Ma'am!!!!!


6 posted on 06/17/2005 5:46:07 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: Ramonan

*won the award*....you don't win the Silver Star.....


7 posted on 06/17/2005 5:46:07 AM PDT by mystery-ak
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To: bandleader

I agree with you completely!


8 posted on 06/17/2005 5:47:10 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Ramonan

I wondered if this wouldn't be from the military police ambush incident. Based on what I remember of the details from that event, she's more than deserving. Does anyone have a link to the detailed story on this, that was posted here?


9 posted on 06/17/2005 5:47:20 AM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: martin_fierro
Dust Jam? A new rap group that sings in the key of "C"?

"Hand Salute" to the young woamn!

10 posted on 06/17/2005 5:47:25 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: FreedomPoster

There's a link right under the title, right under the word Woamn.


11 posted on 06/17/2005 5:50:58 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This is not your granddaddy's America)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

No, I mean to the detailed account of the ambush.


12 posted on 06/17/2005 5:55:33 AM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Here we go. I'm pretty sure this is the one I was remembering.

After Action Report - Raven 42 Ambushed!
(Account of defeated terrorist ambush in Iraq)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1371347/posts


13 posted on 06/17/2005 5:57:49 AM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: FreedomPoster
More detailed than what the link provided?

After insurgents hit the convoy with a barrage of fire from machine guns, AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, Hester "maneuvered her team through the kill zone into a flanking position where she assaulted a trench line with grenades and M203 rounds," according to the Army citation accompanying the Silver Star.
"She then cleared two trenches with her squad leader where she engaged and eliminated three AIF [anti-Iraqi forces] with her M4 rifle. Her actions saved the lives of numerous convoy members," the citation stated.

14 posted on 06/17/2005 5:59:22 AM PDT by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: FreedomPoster

Ah...I see you found it.


15 posted on 06/17/2005 5:59:48 AM PDT by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: martin_fierro

Unnngh..


16 posted on 06/17/2005 6:01:20 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Ramonan

Before anyone sticks their foot in their mouth, several other soldiers from this unit were awarded Silver and Bronze Stars for their actions in this incident...Both male and female. No PC favoritism in this awards crermony.


17 posted on 06/17/2005 6:03:03 AM PDT by EricT. (Join the Soylent Green Party...We recycle dead environmentalists.)
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To: verity

Well, we've had too many "Little ol' lady shoots / beats off intruder" stories to throw stones. On Free Republic, the question is more like "Is she married?" and "How can I get her phone number?"


18 posted on 06/17/2005 6:06:34 AM PDT by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: Ramonan

Here's the AAR and more amazing commentary on this extraordinary unit and the ambush:
http://www.blackfive.net/main/2005/03/after_action_re.html


19 posted on 06/17/2005 6:07:42 AM PDT by January24th (untagged and untracked in the wilds of the internet)
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To: Little Ray

LOL!


20 posted on 06/17/2005 6:21:29 AM PDT by jtminton ("Dangit, Bobby, people will see that oil stain and think I'm a drunk.")
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To: Ramonan

A Kentucky woman with an automatic weapon - and they tried to ambush her? The terrorists are doomed.


21 posted on 06/17/2005 6:50:04 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! We willna be fooled again!")
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To: Little Ray

:-)


22 posted on 06/17/2005 9:21:25 AM PDT by verity (A mindset is an antidote to logic.)
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To: EricT.
"No PC favoritism in this awards crermony."{sic}

The Black Five AAR contains more than enough of this, to include a break out of squad members by sex and ethnic origin.

23 posted on 07/13/2005 11:10:26 AM PDT by Meldrim
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