Silver Star Awarded In Afghanistan

Army Spc. Monica Lin BrownArmy Spc. Monica Lin Brown, the second female soldier since World War II will be receiving 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, the military said.

In her own words, the 19 yr. old medic said . . .

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.
“We stopped the convoy. I opened up my door and grabbed my aid bag,” Brown said.

She started running toward the burning vehicle as insurgents opened fire. All five wounded soldiers had scrambled out.

“I assessed the patients to see how bad they were. We tried to move them to a safer location because we were still receiving incoming fire,” Brown said.

Great story of all that is good with America and the Americans fighting the war. Wait and see if it makes the nightly news. But don’t hold your breath.

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