Sunday, March 09, 2008

Texas Woman Receives Silver Star

Yesterday, March 8, was International Women's Day. This story, then, from the AP, makes a timely appearance.

A 19-year-old medic from Lake Jackson, Texas will become the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second female soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest medal for valor. Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown saved the lives of fellow soldiers after a roadside bomb tore through a convoy of Humvees in the eastern Paktia province in April 2007, the military said. After the explosion, which wounded five soldiers in her unit, Brown ran through insurgent gunfire and used her body to shield wounded comrades as mortars fell less than 100 yards away. "I did not really think about anything except for getting the guys to a safer location and getting them taken care of and getting them out of there," Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday at a U.S. base in the eastern province of Khost.


El Jefe Maximo said...

Isn't that something? I'm glad to see at least some heroes of this war get recognition. They are seldom mentioned in the mainstream press.

Candidly Caroline said...

I think it's quite cool. And, yes, the media today ...
It's interesting to see how the media in general is changing, though, in response to the Internet. I bet the media landscape looks quite different in another 10 years.