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June 17, 2005


To Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester of Nashville, Tenn., the first woman since WWII to be awarded the Silver Star.

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.

Also receiving the Silver Star in the same action are Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein of Henryville, Ind., and Spc. Jason Mike of Radcliff, Ky.

Congratulations also in order for Capt. Nicole Malachowski for earning a spot on the Air Force Thunderbirds. hattip Jeff Harrell

Posted by Darleen at June 17, 2005 06:35 AM