Skip to comments.First Woman Gets Silver Star Since WW II
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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This young lady has become my hero....she kicked some serious terrorist butt.
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!
Bravo for Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester!
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.
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!
This is the kind of story I like to read!
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!
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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Anyway, I'm just really glad to hear this story made it onto the newscast.
Thank you for your service Sgt. Hester
Good on her. Glad she's on our side.
I agree. She sounds like a great NCO -- someone I'd be really proud to serve with.
Already posted here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1424400/posts
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.
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.
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!
You have a very admirable resume, Sarge. Thank you for your service.
Bump for this hero.
Here is the complete after-action report
They really don't get it do they.
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.
Kudu's to Sgt. Hester for a job very well done.
Women don't belong in combat ..unless they're saving your a$$.
Awesome story! I think I'm in love. (Ssshh! Don't tell the Mrs.)
Hey I was here first..:-)
She needs a man, not a pet. :-)
She is the type of person, you want watching your back and your blind side.
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! ;)
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.
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.
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.) ;)
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.
Ditto on that.
It's about time we hear one of the MANY good stories....
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".
People with that characteristic are the most deserving. They are also the most appreciative and appreciated.
Bravo! Kudos to all the females in our armed forces.
Man, you've got a really odd point of view.
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?
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.
"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?