The first American woman killed in Iraq is Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa. She is American Indian and one of eight soldiers found during the rescue of POW Jessica Lynch, who was Lori's room mate at Ft. Bliss, El Paso , Texas. Lori was 23 years of age the mother of a four year old son and a three year old daughter.
She lived in Tuba City, Arizona and was a member of the Hopi Nation. There are currently 56 Hopis serving in the Us military. 48 are in Iraq.
Lori is believed to be the first American Indian woman ever to be killed in combat for the United States military. There is great sadness and pride in the land of her ancestors.
"GATHERING OF EAGLES"
And.I dream of a gathering of eagles
where pain is no
and all human
Pfc Jessica Lynch & Pfc Lori Ann Piestewa
Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old Army private first class from Palestine, W. Va., was captured March 23 after her 507th Maintenance Company convoy was ambushed in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. She was rescued from a hospital in the city April 1 by U.S. commandos.During this rescue
the bodies of eight American soldiers were found
One was Lori Piestewa
This is the tale of two privates. They were sisters-in-arms - two young women fighting for Uncle Sam. They were roommates at Fort Bliss military base in Texas; tent mates in the Gulf, and close friends at all places in between.
Lynch will come home to West Virginia on crutches, to the waving of American flags; Piestewa will return to the reservation in a coffin draped in an American flag
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