Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown, Silver Star Recipient

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A 19-year-old medic from 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, 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 told The Associated Press on 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.

Think the rest of the Credentialed Media will pick up the AP story?

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One Response to “Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown, Silver Star Recipient”

  1. Silke says:

    Teach said: Think the rest of the Credentialed Media will pick up the AP story?

    I hope so – maybe later this month when she is awarded the medal.

    The young soldiers we have in the military today are so incredible. They know exactly where they are going when they join the military. They have seen their friends killed and wounded and yet they continue to reenlist. They are so young – I get tears in my eyes just thinking about it.

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