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Sunday, June 19, 2005

An American Hero

From the warfront with Jihadistan...

While The Patriot does not condone any policy that places women in combat roles, sometimes our support units get caught in the middle of urban assaults and are forced to fight. That was the case on 20 March when 23-year-old Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester's MP unit was ambushed while guarding a convoy south of Baghdad. Hester led her team in a counterattack of about 50 insurgents and used her M-4 to kill three attackers in order to protect other support soldiers who were pinned down under fire.
When the dust settled, 27 insurgents were dead, six wounded and one captured.
Thursday, Hester became the first woman since World War II to earn a Silver Star -- the nation's third-highest award for valor and bravery in combat. Her squad leader, Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein, also was awarded a Silver Star.
Thousands of women have served in support roles in Iraq; 36 have been killed and 285 wounded. Because of the nature of this conflict with Jihadistan, there is no defined warfront but only skirmish lines when confronted by Jihadis. Thus, support forces, like Iraqi civilians, are subject to attack.
Hattip: The Federalist Patriot


Sunny Mary said...

I read that story and felt a lot of pride for that young woman. Many people do not give women enough credit for their strength under fire. I'm not advacating putting women on the front line, but don't underestimate their capabilities to get a tough job done...even killing the enemy.

Goat said...

Oh yes, Mary, women can be quite efficient killing machines its in their blood by instinct. They will defend what they love,fiercely, it plays throughout nature.