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  • Rescued POW Jessica Lynch: 'I feel very blessed'

    07/25/2015 6:41:03 AM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7/25/15 | Urban
    ... The crash left her with broken bones in her back, a compound fracture of her left femur and a mangled right foot. In captivity, the Iraqis removed her femur and replaced it with a 1940s rod that was made for a man. "I woke up with four or five Iraqi men staring at me and didn't know where I was or where my company was," Lynch said. "I laid there in fear." An infection set in in her leg, and she said her captives wanted to amputate. "I cried and begged them to please stop and to leave me...
  • Pvt. Jessica Lynch, 10 Years After Iraq Rescue: Pain But Much Gain

    09/19/2013 4:07:18 PM PDT · by Houmatt · 57 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo ^ | 9-19-13 | ANGEL CANALES
    It was back in March 23, 2003, just three days after the start of the Iraq War, when Private First Class Jessica Lynch's unit was ambushed in Nasiriyah, Iraq. Lynch was only 19 when she was captured, badly injured and raped by Iraqi forces and held hostage for nine days before her dramatic rescue by US Rangers on April 1, 2003. Controversy surrounds the "mythic" rescue story line. Lynch has blamed the Bush administration for exaggerating the bravery and success of the war with her story. "I knew that, even ten years later, I would not have been able to...
  • Former Private Jessica Lynch:Why She Had to Set the Record Straight About Government’s False Story

    01/12/2012 7:07:02 PM PST · by wardaddy · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-12-12 | Staff
    About 9 years ago, enemy fighters in Iraq captured then-19-year-old former Private First Class Jessica Lynch in a deadly ambush on the truck that she was driving. Eleven soldiers died in the attack, including one of Lynch’s closest friends. Later, Special Forces rescued Lynch from an Iraqi hospital and initial government reports portrayed her as a hero who went down fighting, claims which Lynch denied, saying that she didn’t shoot a single round in the attack. Today, Lynch joined Shepard Smith to talk about being in captivity, how she got the strength to call out the government on the false...
  • Former POW Jessica Lynch finishing teaching degree

    12/15/2011 8:39:11 AM PST · by Kartographer · 51 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 12/14/11 | By VICKI SMITH
    Jessica Lynch was just 19 when the world first saw her — a broken, blond soldier caught on combat video in Iraq, her face wearing something between a grimace and a grin. The Army supply clerk was being carried on a stretcher after nine days as a prisoner of war. She had been captured along with five others after the 507th Maintenance Company took a wrong turn and came under attack in Nasiriyah on March 23, 2003. Eleven of her fellow soldiers died. Lynch had joined the Army at 18 to earn money for college and become a school teacher....
  • First Female Black POW Speaks Out in Book

    02/05/2010 6:12:09 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 140 replies · 2,613+ views
    cbs ^ | WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2010 | unknown
    (AP) Shoshana Johnson survived gunshot wounds to both legs and 22 days as a prisoner of war in Iraq. Life wasn't so easy when she came home, either. In a new book out this week, the 37-year-old single mother describes mental health problems related to her captivity and tells how it felt to play second fiddle in the media to fellow POW Jessica Lynch, who was captured in the same ambush. "It was kind of hurtful," the former Army cook said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "If I'd been a petite, cutesy thing, it would've been different."
  • The Torture of American Soldiers

    05/07/2009 1:51:44 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 1,715+ views
    FRONTPAGE ^ | Wednesday, May 06, 2009 | By: Jamie Glazov
    SNIPPET: "Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dave Gaubatz, the first U.S. civilian (1811) Federal Agent deployed to Iraq in 2003. He is currently the Director of the Mapping Sharia Project and the Owner of DG Counter-terrorism Publishing..." SNIPPET: "Below is a sampling of the results of the interrogations agents and I obtained: I have the documents, photographs, and contact information of Iraqis and U.S. personnel who were also aware. Anything I write or speak about can be verified. Simply ask VP Biden and our President to release the complete intelligence reports my team and I wrote in 2003. 1. When...
  • Former POW Jessica Lynch Takes On New Cause

    07/25/2007 3:18:06 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 7 replies · 842+ views
    KDKA-TV Pittsburgh ^ | 07/25/2007 | NA
    Former POW Jessica Lynch Takes On New Cause (KDKA) PITTSBURGH Former POW Jessica Lynch is taking on a new cause that's near and dear to her heart: helping children. Lynch was thrust into the national spotlight in 2003 when, as an Army private, her convoy was ambushed in Iraq and US troops rescued the then 19-year-old from an Iraqi hospital. Now, as a new chapter of her life unfolds, the new mother and college student is launching a campaign to help raise money for West Virginia University Children's Hospital in Morgantown. Lynch is launching a new fundraising effort, called "Jessi's...
  • But for her honesty, she was the perfect Pentagon hero

    04/28/2007 5:08:14 PM PDT · by saquin · 9 replies · 891+ views
    London Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/29/07 | Nigel Farndale
    We have been here before, in fiction at least. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth. One of his assignments is to invent a hero whose bravery will reflect well on Big Brother. Step forward "Comrade Ogilvy". At the age of three, Ogilvy had refused all toys except a drum, a sub-machine gun and a model helicopter. At nine, he had been a troop leader in the Spies. At 23 he had perished heroically in action. Pursued by enemy jet planes while flying over the Indian Ocean with important despatches, he had weighted his body with a machine gun...
  • The Story of Jessica Lynch What really happened in Nasiriyah.

    04/25/2007 5:48:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 125 replies · 5,570+ views
    the Weekly Standard ^ | April 24, 2007 | Richard S. Lowry
    TODAY, THE HOUSE Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chaired by Henry Waxman (D-CA) conducted a hearing into "misleading military statements" that followed the death of Pat Tillman and the ordeal of Jessica Lynch. I cannot speak of the Pat Tillman incident, but I can speak to the story of Jessica Lynch.I spent more than two years of my life studying the battle of An Nasiriyah. I read thousands of pages of government reports and personally interviewed nearly one-hundred of the participants of the battle, including four survivors of the 507th Maintenance Company's ambush, several Marines who came upon the...
  • Lynch: "Americans Are Capable of Creating Their Own Heroes

    04/24/2007 8:16:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 68 replies · 2,748+ views ^ | April 24, 2007
    WASHINGTON, DC -- Army Private Jessica Lynch told a congressional hearing Tuesday morning that "Americans are capable of creating their own heroes" without the military making them up. Lynch, a West Virginia native who got tremendous coverage after a military team rescued her from a makeshift Iraqi hospital, joined relatives of NFL-star-turned war hero Pat Tillman in discussing her time in the limelight. "This is not a time for finger-pointing, but a time for proof," she told the panel. Lynch's platoon was hit by a rocket and grenade attack on the initial drive to Baghdad in 2003. Three in her...
  • US Soldier hailed for bravery in Iraq says Pentagon spin doctors made it all up

    04/24/2007 11:46:49 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 162 replies · 3,085+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | April 24, 2007 | David Gardner
    US Soldier hailed for bravery in Iraq says Pentagon spin doctors made it all up By DAVID GARDNER The American military has been accused of telling lies about two of its most famous soldiers. Official versions of the rescue of prisoner of war Jessica Lynch and the death of former US football star Pat Tillman turned both into national heroes. But the propaganda was dismissed as "utter fiction" at a Capitol Hill hearing to expose the false battlefield stories peddled by the Pentagon. Jessica Lynch, now 23, said she was giving testimony "to set the record straight". "I'm no hero,...
  • Congress Plans Hearings On Tillman And Lynch Cases

    04/10/2007 11:36:12 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 7 replies · 810+ views
    "House committee plans hearings on embellishments in Tillman, Lynch cases"
  • Jessica Lynch? 'Baghdad Bob'? Where are they now? INVASION IRAQ: FOUR YEARS LATER

    03/20/2007 2:10:40 AM PDT · by XR7 · 9 replies · 1,338+ views
    msnbc ^ | 3/20/07
    Where are they now?Tommy Franks. Jessica Lynch. 'Chemical Ali.' Tony Blair. Hans Blix. As the war in Iraq began, these were names on front pages everywhere. Find out what has happened to them – and 10 other headliners associated with the conflict – since.
  • Ex-POW Jessica Lynch has 7 lb. baby girl

    01/19/2007 7:36:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 170 replies · 3,532+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/07 | AP
    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Former POW Jessica Lynch became a mother on Friday, giving birth to a girl whom she named in honor of a fallen comrade. Dakota Ann Robinson was delivered by Caesarean section at a local hospital at 5:10 p.m. The infant weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, said Lynch's publicist, Aly Goodwin Gregg. "She's fabulous and fat," Gregg said. "She's beautiful." Lynch and her boyfriend, Wes Robinson, named Dakota in honor of Lynch's friend, Army Spc. Lori Piestewa of Tuba City, Ariz., who was the first woman to be killed in combat in Iraq. Piestewa's middle name was Ann,...
  • When mommy goes off to war, it's rough on kids [sickening]

    11/29/2006 8:36:31 AM PST · by XR7 · 301 replies · 4,932+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 11/28/06 | Donna St. George
    HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. — When they called her name, she could not move. Sgt. Leana Nishimura intended to walk up proudly, shake the dignitaries' hands and accept their honors for her service in Iraq — a special coin, a lapel pin, a glass-encased U.S. flag. But her son clung to her leg. He cried and held tight...T.J. was 9, her oldest child, and although eight months had passed since she had returned from the war zone, he was still upset by anything that reminded him of her deployment... The faraway move to live with his grandmother. The months that...
  • Jessica Lynch: Injured POW wants to run again

    09/11/2006 10:48:52 AM PDT · by steel_resolve · 73 replies · 2,725+ views ^ | 09-11-2006 | Cindi Lash
    Running is something I want to get back to. I last went running in Kuwait, on the sand. Before we went to Iraq. I wanted to think it's like riding a bicycle, you don't forget. I've tried on a treadmill, but it's not pretty. It's getting back into learning how to do it. What were the odds? For me to be one of a few POWs out of all the soldiers deployed? It was a definite shock. There have been times when my physical abilities and mental abilities have been tested. But that also keeps me going. My brother and...
  • Former POW Jessica Lynch expecting baby

    08/24/2006 11:06:35 AM PDT · by pnz1 · 430 replies · 8,779+ views
    AP/ ^ | August 24, 2006 | AP
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Jessica Lynch, the former prisoner of war whose 2003 rescue in Iraq made her an instant celebrity, is pregnant. She and boyfriend Wes Robinson are expecting their first child in January, publicist Aly Goodwin Gregg said Thursday.
  • Jessica Lynch Ends First Year of College

    05/06/2006 1:48:16 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 107 replies · 3,006+ views
    Yahooooooo! ^ | May 6, 2006 | Allison Barker
    Three years after her capture and dramatic nighttime rescue in the early days of the Iraq war made her an instant celebrity, Jessica Lynch yearns for the ordinary. She's just finished her first year at West Virginia University, where she's become an anonymous college student on a campus of thousands. "I think people recognize who I am; they just don't make it obvious," Lynch, 23, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "That's good for me because it gives me the opportunity to blend in and not stick out and really experience the college life just like they...
  • Three years ago, April 1, 2003: PFC Jessica Lynch rescued

    04/02/2006 4:53:33 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 4 replies · 547+ views
    Commie News Network ^ | April 1, 2003
    First, we want to bring you up to date on some of the latest developments on the ground in Iraq. Within the last hour, U.S. Central Command announced the successful rescue of a soldier missing in action in Iraq. It was 19-year-old Private First Class Jessica Lynch who, as we mentioned, had been designated as missing for more than a week after an ambush near Nasiriya. According to her family she is now in a coalition hospital. And, early Wednesday Iraqi time, U.S. Marines battling for Nasiriya switched tactics, no longer just responding to ambushes, the 15th Artillery went on...
  • INVASION IRAQ: Three Years Later - Where are they now? ["Baghdad Bob," Hans Blix, et al]

    03/20/2006 10:22:27 AM PST · by XR7 · 14 replies · 1,661+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/20/06
    Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf ('Baghdad Bob') THEN ...Al-Sahaf’s daily press briefings in the lead-up to the war and in its first weeks led to him being nicknamed Baghdad Bob or Comical Ali (an allusion to “Chemical Ali,” the nickname of former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid.) He gained a considerable cult following, with several Web sites devoted to his outrageous coalition troops stormed the capital, al-Sahaf declared, "The infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad."... NOW On 25 June 2003, the London newspaper The Daily Mirror reported that al-Sahaf had been captured by coalition...
  • Who Killed Pat Tillman?

    12/26/2005 3:38:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 94 replies · 6,641+ views
    The Humanist ^ | January/February 2006 | Michael I. Niman
    The American mass media are like tired old dogs, dutifully fetching official lies on command and dropping them like bones at the feet of an unsuspecting public. We in turn reward them by buying both the products and the myths they sell us. Eventually, however, the products fail and the myths unravel. When the government's popularity wanes sufficiently, despite the support of a compliant press, even old dogs can come up with new tricks, reviving the lost art of investigative reporting. Take the Pat Tillman story. Remember him? He was the star National Football League defensive back who, after the...
  • Ex-POW Jessica Lynch says US used her as Iraq war symbol

    08/08/2005 9:32:05 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 84 replies · 3,890+ views
    AFP ^ | 8/7/05
    Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, whose capture and rescue in the early days of the Iraq war turned her into a US icon, said in an interview that the US government had used her as an upbeat symbol in the conflict. "I think I provided a way to boost everybody's confidence about the war," Lynch told Time magazine. "I was used as a symbol. They could show the war was going great because 'we rescued this person.' It doesn't bother me anymore. It used to," she said.
  • Ex-POW Jessica Lynch to start college: 'I'll try to blend in as much as I can'

    08/07/2005 7:34:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies · 2,001+ views
    AP) ^ | Sunday August 07, 2005 | AP)
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch says she is a bit nervous about starting college this fall, but she doesn't want any special attention. ``I have to say I am a little nervous the freshmen that I'll be with were eighth-graders when I graduated from high school,'' Lynch told Time magazine in an interview for the Aug. 15 issue. The 22-year-old former Army supply clerk, who now walks with a cane because of her Iraq war injuries, said she wants to blend in as much as possible at West Virginia University in Morgantown. ``It was hard getting...
  • Lynch to attend West Virginia University

    08/01/2005 6:10:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 737+ views
    AP ^ | 8/1/5
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Jessica Lynch will begin on-campus classes this fall at West Virginia University, the school said Monday. The former prisoner of war announced in March that she was beginning online courses at WVU and that she hoped to become an elementary school teacher. "WVU is very pleased to be able to assist her in that pursuit," school spokeswoman Becky Lofstead said Monday, "and proud to call Jessica Lynch a Mountaineer." Lynch, a native of Palestine, W.Va., is enrolled in the College of Human Resources and Education. Former Gov. Bob Wise promised Lynch that the state would pay for...
  • Memo: Iraq Abuse Was 'Vigilante Justice'

    05/11/2004 10:25:15 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 12 replies · 163+ views
    AP ^ | JIM KRANE
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A female soldier in the Army's 320th Military Police Battalion took "vigilante justice" on Iraqi prisoners who she believed had raped Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, according to a letter from the battalion's commander obtained by The Associated Press. Lt. Col. Jerry L. Phillabaum, commander of 320th Military Police Battalion, leveled the allegation in a rebuttal to charges against his leadership of the 320th, some of whose soldiers were also charged with abusing prisoners last fall at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. Phillabaum made the allegation in an April 12 memo to Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz, deputy commander of...
  • 'Vigilante justice’ alleged at another Iraq prison [revenge for Lynch rape]

    05/11/2004 5:38:33 PM PDT · by The Raven · 35 replies · 242+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 10, 2004 | MSNBC staff and news service reports
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A female soldier in the Army’s 320th Military Police Battalion took “vigilante justice” on Iraqi prisoners who she believed had raped Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, according to a letter from the battalion’s commander obtained by The Associated Press. advertisement Lt. Col. Jerry L. Phillabaum, commander of the 320th Military Police Battalion, leveled the allegation in a rebuttal to charges against his leadership of the 320th, some of whose soldiers were also charged with abusing prisoners last fall at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison.

    06/18/2004 12:28:56 AM PDT · by kattracks · 43 replies · 488+ views
    New yYork Post ^ | 6/18/04 | BILL HOFFMANN
    June 18, 2004 -- Pvt. Jessica Lynch — the POW who won over the nation with her gutsy spirit — had a heartwarming meeting with President Bush yesterday. Using a metal cane to help her walk, Jessica hobbled into the Oval Office to shake hands and chat with the commander-in-chief. The two shared a few laughs along with Jessica's friend Alyssa Gregg, who came along. They also talked about the charitable foundation Lynch set up to help kids separated from their parents during military deployments.
  • Here Is the Latest News From Neocons (Pro-Islamofascist Whacko Slams Tillman, Pearl, "Neocons")

    06/06/2004 6:59:30 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 30 replies · 306+ views
    Arab News ^ | 6/5/04 | Sarah Whalen
    NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, 5 June 2004 — News reports suggest US troops will deploy to Saudi Arabia to “save” Saudi oil fields from “Al-Qaeda” attacks. And because “Al-Qaeda” militants killed an American there last Saturday. Others died, too. Arabs, Indians, Italians, Filipinos, South Africans, Sri Lankans, Swedes, Egyptians, British.... But don’t forget that American. His presence in Saudi Arabia makes whatever happened there an attack on America, on democracy, on goodness, on...freedom. And so we don’t forget. We can’t. We have news. America’s news is so self-obsessed that if nuclear holocaust struck the Middle East today, America’s headlines would proclaim:...
  • Lynch meets rescuer

    04/30/2004 9:13:24 AM PDT · by NCjim · 79 replies · 708+ views
    Charleston Daily Mail ^ | April 30, 2004
    Ex-POW wanted private meeting with Iraqi lawyerFormer POW Jessica Lynch has met the Iraqi lawyer who helped lead American soldiers to the Army supply clerk after her capture last spring. The meeting with Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief took place earlier this month in Washington, D.C., where Lynch was speaking at a seminar. "It was a wonderful meeting and I can never control my emotion," said al-Rehaief, who is in Huntington for a Saturday book signing. Al-Rehaief said Lynch was grateful for his part in her rescue. "She tell me ‘thank you,' and she say ‘thank you very much for what you...

    03/10/2004 11:58:34 PM PST · by kattracks · 55 replies · 338+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3/11/04 | Bill Hoffmann
    <p>March 11, 2004 -- Former Army POW Jessica Lynch has reportedly "postponed indefinitely" her wedding to her sergeant fiancé.</p> <p>Lynch, 20, is still wearing her wedding ring but put off the nuptials with Sgt. Ruben Contreras, People magazine says in next week's issue.</p>
  • Jessica Lynch charms room full of WVU journalism students

    03/10/2004 8:52:19 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 41 replies · 463+ views
    The Dominion Post ^ | 03-10-2004 | Bob Gay
    One tiny girl, a whole lot of awe Jessica Lynch charms room full of WVU journalism students Bob Gay/The Dominion Post Photos Jessica Lynch, seated beside WVU journalism professor George Esper, laughes at a question about basic training during a surprise visit. Lynch was a guest speaker for the school Tuesday night. Jessica Lynch (right) is escorted into White Hall by WVU journalism professor George Esper, just before speaking to students. Lynch (far right) smiles at a comment about her mother's T-shirt that said, "My daughter wears combat boots." BY JAKE STUMP The Dominion Post At just 105 pounds and...
  • Lynch remains in public eye with speech engagements

    02/17/2004 10:30:56 PM PST · by kattracks · 25 replies · 205+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/18/04 | Jennifer Harper
    <p>Jessica Lynch has become a motivational speaker.</p> <p>The slight blonde who went from broken prisoner of war and national hero to an instant and controversial celebrity has taken on a new public identity, offering her story in a presentation titled "Survival is a Choice."</p>
  • ATROCITIES AGAINST AMERICANS - What Really Happened After the Ambush?

    02/11/2004 2:54:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 286+ views
    A new development in the story of former POW Pfc. Jessica Lynch should give pause to anyone who promotes the assignment of female soldiers in or near direct ground combat units. In the fall of 2003 American doctors who examined Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch after her rescue from Iraq confirmed that she had been brutally sodomized by Iraqi thugs. The abuse reportedly occurred shortly after the violent ambush of the 507th Maintenance Unit on March 23, 2003, during a three to four hour period when Lynch was unconscious. (See “Jessica Lynch Reality Shatters Amazon Myths”) On March 23, 2003, Al...
  • Do we want another Jessica Lynch?

    11/26/2003 6:27:25 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 108 replies · 619+ views
    ESR ^ | November 24, 2003 | Kimberley Jane Wilson
    After forcing myself to read Jessica Lynch's book I've come to the conclusion that this country needs to have a talk -- an honest, no holds barred, to-heck-with-brain-numbing-political correctness, talk with itself. Do women belong in combat situations or not? Are we going to engage in an emotional orgy every time a woman soldier gets captured or not? Is a female soldier's life more precious than a man's or not? Jessica Lynch seems like a nice enough girl and she has suffered horribly but she's not a heroine as she herself has stated. She was thrown into a hideous situation...
  • Piestewa Family Slams Airing of POW Video

    01/01/2004 7:32:31 AM PST · by optimistically_conservative · 24 replies · 363+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 01, 2004 | ANANDA SHOREY
    PHOENIX - The family of a soldier killed in Iraq (news - web sites) had harsh words Wednesday for the network that aired footage of her, bloody and bruised, in an Iraqi hospital bed shortly before she died. AP Photo   The footage, aired Tuesday on "NBC Nightly News," shows Lori Piestewa and Jessica Lynch — Army privates and best friends — at a hospital where they were taken after a March 23 ambush. Lynch was rescued April 1. Airing the tape — which NBC said was filmed but never broadcast by Iraqi television — created a sense of fear,...
  • Iraq TV Shot Tape of POWs Lynch, Piestewa

    12/30/2003 6:28:04 PM PST · by saquin · 130 replies · 703+ views
    NEW YORK - Graphic video footage of a badly injured Jessica Lynch and Lori Piestewa, who may have died shortly afterward, was taken by Iraqi state television following the ambush of the soldiers' Army convoy, NBC reported Tuesday night. The video, aired on "NBC Nightly News," shows the two Army privates at the hospital where they were taken following the March 23 ambush of the 507th Maintenance Co. The tape was never aired in Iraq, NBC reported. Piestewa, her face swollen and bruised and her head loosely bandaged, is shown as someone positions her feet, and then her head, for...
  • Jessica Lynch Foundation Doles Out $5,000 to Former P.O.W's Alma Mater

    12/28/2003 8:36:15 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 7 replies · 219+ views
    Jessica Lynch Foundation December 22, 2003 Doles Out $5,000 to Former P.O.W's Alma Mater Jessica Lynch went back to school over the weekend all in part to make the future brighter for her fellow Wirt Countians. The former P.O.W. was on hand at Wirt County High School Saturday to sign copies of her book, "I'm A Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story." Charitable actions were also on Lynch's agenda as she prsented Wirt County High School Principal Ken Heiney with a check for $5,000 to be used for scholarships. Fans waited in line for nearly 2 hours to get...
  • Marine gets Bronze Star for Jessica rescue

    12/04/2003 2:57:34 AM PST · by kattracks · 16 replies · 235+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/04/03 | Derek Rose
    A Marine captain who helped rescue Private Jessica Lynch was awarded the Bronze Star for valor yesterday at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Capt. Thomas (Tad) Douglas, 27, identified the hospital where Lynch was held, gathered information to assist her Special Forces rescue and set up snipers to protect the effort, officials said. Douglas also caught two of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party members suspected of killing civilians two days after the rescue. Though Lynch and Iraqi hospital workers have said early reports of the dangers involved in the raid were exaggerated, Douglas and other Marines said they were shot at outside Saddam...
  • Jessica Lynch to Christen Carnival Cruise Ship

    12/01/2003 10:27:09 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 219 replies · 266+ views
    Dec 1, 2003 Jessica Lynch to Christen Cruise Ship The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) - Former Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is to christen Carnival Cruise Lines' newest ship at Feb. 27 ceremonies in Jacksonville, the Miami-based line announced Monday. Lynch will break a traditional bottle of champagne against the Carnival Miracle immediately preceding its three-day inaugural cruise from the Port of Jacksonville. She will be named the ship's "godmother." "We are privileged that Miss Lynch, who represents thousands of courageous American men and women serving in our armed forces, has accepted our invitation to be godmother," said Carnival President and...
  • Local Iraq veteran to get high honor (provided cover for Lynch rescue & captured Lynch rapists)

    12/01/2003 12:41:34 AM PST · by jaykay · 8 replies · 151+ views
    Ashville NC Citizen-Times ^ | 11-29-03 | Jennifer Brevorka
    <p>LAKE JUNALUSKA - Marine Capt. Thomas "Tad" Douglas has plenty to remember from his combat tour in Iraq this past spring.</p> <p>Douglas led his platoon on 22 reconnaissance missions, including one that provided surveillance and sniper coverage of the hospital where Special Forces troops rescued prisoner of war Jessica Lynch. That mission was considered by the Marine Corps to be a "heroic achievement" worthy of a Bronze Star medal.</p>
  • Parker: 'What the Hell Was Jessica Lynch Doing in the Army?'

    11/19/2003 10:32:53 AM PST · by kattracks · 65 replies · 319+ views ^ | 11/19/03 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    Writing in the Orlando Sentinel, Kathleen Parker explained that Jessica Lynch joined the Army to get the college tuition she needed to become a kindergarten teacher. Lynch wasn't looking for an assignment the Army never told her might put her into the combat situation that nearly cost her life, and left her shattered and crippled. And Lynch was put into that situation because the Pentagon has caved in to feminist pressure. Many veterans and observers have protested Lynch's "hero" status, and Parker feels Jessica Lynch's book is far from the story of a regular soldier, but rather "... the hijacked...
  • Jessica Lynch to debut at No. 1 on New York Times best-seller list

    11/19/2003 2:10:14 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 66 replies · 496+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11-19-03 | HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) -- Reviews have been mixed and the facts are in question, but the authorized biography of Pfc. Jessica Lynch will still claim a cherished position in the publishing industry: No. 1 on The New York Times' list of nonfiction best sellers.</p>
  • Jessica Lynch's story is about a girl, not a soldier

    11/18/2003 9:36:29 PM PST · by kattracks · 21 replies · 220+ views ^ | 11/19/03 | Kathleen Parker
    The real story within the "real" story of Jessica Lynch seems yet untold despite a made-for-TV movie and a book by former New York Times golden yarn-spinner Rick Bragg. Both the movie, "Saving Private Lynch," and the book, "I Am a Soldier, Too" have sparked discussions about the young Lynch's relative heroism and what really happened to the 507th Maintenance Company to which she belonged.
  • Jessica Lynch, Col. West, and Common Sense

    11/18/2003 7:31:43 PM PST · by kattracks · 18 replies · 164+ views ^ | 11/18/03 | Trevor Bothwell
    It is an odd phenomenon that a nation immersed in a war for civilization itself is inspired more by the capture of a soldier than by a soldier who prevents capture by enemy forces. I’m speaking of course about Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who is currently enjoying the spoils of media celebrity, and Lt. Col. Allen West, who is right now being punished for brilliantly thwarting an ambush against his troops in Iraq. To be fair, it isn’t surprising that the media has jumped all over the Jessica Lynch story. Pretty, young, and blonde are three attributes not uncommon to...
  • Jessica Lynch Too Ill to Tour (And such a sweet face!)

    11/17/2003 4:35:54 PM PST · by yankeedame · 79 replies · 346+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11/17/03 16:03 EST | staff writer
    Jessica Lynch Too Ill to Tour She's postponing a TV appearance, other events. NEW YORK (Nov. 17) - Pfc. Jessica Lynch has the flu and had to postpone several promotional appearances for her book, "I Am a Soldier, Too," her publicist said Monday. "The only appearances she's making the next few days will be with her doctor and her physical therapist," said Paul Bogaards, executive director for Alfred A. Knopf, which released the book last Tuesday, Veteran's Day. After interviews last week with Katie Couric, David Letterman and others, the 20-year-old Lynch is back home with her parents in Palestine,...
  • Jessica's (Lynch's) Turn: The Biography

    11/17/2003 2:28:28 PM PST · by steppenwolffe · 5 replies · 155+ views
    The selling of America's most famous POW began in earnest this week. A half-million copies of Rick Bragg's authorized biography, I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story (Knopf, $23.95), went on sale as Jessica Lynch began a slew of TV appearances. A national book tour is also planned for Lynch and Bragg. Lynch's account of her capture and rescue is not nearly as dramatic as early - and false - reports, which had her fighting off Iraqi attackers like a female Rambo. That doesn't mean it's not a compelling story. The book, which draws from interviews with the...
  • Public Quickly Tires of Stars it Creates (Eric Burns for Fox News)

    11/14/2003 8:22:58 PM PST · by Scothia · 7 replies · 217+ views ^ | 11/14/03 | Scothia
    I was amazed by the response I got to last week’s column. I wrote about a report on CBS’s "The Early Show" concerning a young man named Brian Simpson. Simpson had so severe a case of asthma that doctors despaired of his ever living a normal life. In fact, they despaired of his living a normal life span; they feared he would die in a few more years, and that he would be terribly incapacitated in the interim. To make the time remaining to him as pleasant as possible, Simpson turned to the oboe. It seemed a perverse idea. Oboes...
  • BOOK REVIEW: A Far From Unknown Soldier

    11/14/2003 6:31:21 AM PST · by OESY · 126+ views
    <p>Jessica Lynch may have been the victim of an extremely bad car crash in Iraq, but she has had to endure a demolition derby of type-casting ever since. Patriotic heroine, propaganda tool, overnight millionairess, sexual-assault victim, media darling, anti-warrior, photographer's vamp -- it's all been projected on her. Some of it might even be deserved, but it doesn't matter. Whether she likes it or not, Jessica Lynch comprises enough cultural personae to keep Camille Paglia occupied for the next decade. And all because someone missed a turn on the road to Baghdad.</p>
  • U.S. Media's Impulsiveness Launched Lynch

    11/14/2003 10:34:54 AM PST · by presidio9 · 13 replies · 257+ views
    Newsday ^ | November 14, 2003 | Michele Weldon
    It was an easy story to write: Wholesome 19-year-old from rural West Virginia dreams of becoming a kindergarten teacher but, in a brutal early twist of the Iraq war, becomes the Barbie doll symbol of the new American veteran. U.S. Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, now 20, was frail, heroic, patriotic, blonde. She was a victim rescued on dramatic video, so print, broadcast and online journalists ate up her capture and rescue like hyenas. In the process, they skipped a story that wasn't as easy to write: a married, African-American mother of a toddler, an immigrant from Panama living in Texas,...
  • SLIMY LYNCH-ING (Lynch Photos)

    11/12/2003 2:11:48 AM PST · by kattracks · 193 replies · 310+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/12/03 | DAVID K. LI, JENNIFER FERMINO and WILLIAM J. GORTA
    <p>November 12, 2003 -- The soldiers who sold nude photos of Jessica Lynch to a porn magazine did it to show "she's not all apple pie," publisher Larry Flynt said yesterday. Flynt bought the revealing photos two weeks ago to print in Hustler, but changed his mind last week, he said.</p>