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Old 03-10-2008, 08:51 AM   #1
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Female Medic Earns Silver Star In Afghanistan

That's one woman who is definitely up to the job. Who wouldn't want to be in that proverbial foxhole with her? Nineteen years old too, that is very impressive.



(AP)CAMP SALERNO, Afghanistan - A 19-year-old medic from Texas will become the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second woman 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, the military 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," Brown said Saturday at a U.S. base in the eastern province of Khost.

Brown, of Lake Jackson, Texas, is scheduled to receive the Silver Star later this month. She was part of a four-vehicle convoy patrolling near Jani Kheil in the eastern province of Paktia on April 25, 2007, when a bomb struck one of the Humvees.

Treating 'patients' under fire

"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.

Pentagon policy prohibits women from serving in frontline combat roles — in the infantry, armor or artillery, for example. But the nature of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, with no real front lines, has seen women soldiers take part in close-quarters combat more than previous conflicts.

Four Army nurses in World War II were the first women to receive the Silver Star, though three nurses serving in World War I were awarded the medal posthumously last year, according to the Army's Web site.

Brown, of the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, said ammunition going off inside the burning Humvee was sending shrapnel in all directions. She said they were sitting in a dangerous spot.

"So we dragged them for 100 or 200 meters, got them away from the Humvee a little bit," she said. "I was in a kind of a robot-mode, did not think about much but getting the guys taken care of."

No time to be scared

For Brown, who knew all five wounded soldiers, it became a race to get them all to a safer location. Eventually, they moved the wounded some 500 yards away, treated them on site before putting them on a helicopter for evacuation.

"I did not really have time to be scared," Brown said. "Running back to the vehicle, I was nervous (since) I did not know how badly the guys were injured. That was scary."

The military said Brown's "bravery, unselfish actions and medical aid rendered under fire saved the lives of her comrades and represents the finest traditions of heroism in combat."

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, of Nashville, Tenn., received the Silver Star in 2005 for gallantry during an insurgent ambush on a convoy in Iraq. Two men from her unit, the 617th Military Police Company of Richmond, Ky., also received the Silver Star for their roles in the same action.
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Just think, some posters in here don't want her in the military.
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But she's saving their lives no matter how they feel about that. Such is life. When your butt is being saved by a woman who is making herself a human shield in gunfire I suppose all of that goes out the window.
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And some posters here don't want a military, period.
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And they didn't think about sex?
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And they didn't think about sex?
The gun is pretty sexy...
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And some posters here don't want a military, period.
I remember Einstein saying something about that, but I didn't know he posted in here.
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I must confess - Having served in the Army side by side with women - they look hot in uniform.
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Great story. Good for her.
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Good for her.

And to hell to all those who say women shouldn't be in the military. Welcome to the 21st century.
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And some posters here don't want a military, period.
Can you come up with an actual example of any poster here who has ever said the U.S. should not have a military?
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Can we come up with any posters that don't want women in the military?

BTW, I hope that all medics get M4s with scopes. She's looking pretty tough.
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Just think, some posters in here don't want her in the military.
Like who, for example?
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Can you come up with an actual example of any poster here who has ever said the U.S. should not have a military?


Can you prove that it didn't happen?
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Like who, for example?
There are at least two, but I will not mention names.
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