Jessica Lynch

(Jessica Dawn Lynch)

Jessica Lynch
Jessica Lynch
  • Born: April 26, 1983
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Soldier

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Jessica Dawn Lynch is a former United States Army soldier who served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. and allied forces. On March 23, 2003, Private First Class Lynch was serving as a unit supply specialist with the 507th Maintenance Company when her convoy was ambushed by Iraqi forces during the Battle of Nasiriyah. Lynch was seriously injured. Her subsequent recovery by U.S. Special Operations Forces on April 1, 2003 received considerable media coverage; it was the first successful rescue of an American prisoner of war since World War II and the first ever of a woman. Initial official reports on Lynch's capture and rescue in Iraq were incorrect. On April 24, 2007, she testified in front of Congress that she had never fired her weapon (her M16 rifle having jammed), and that she had been knocked unconscious when her vehicle crashed. Lynch has been outspoken in her criticism of the original stories reported regarding her combat experience. When asked about her heroine status, she stated "That wasn't me. I'm not about to take credit for something I didn't do ... I'm just a survivor."

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Certain days I think definitely because we went in there and we got Saddam and that was our mission. On other days, we lost so many lives and so many brothers and sisters... on that aspect, no.
Honesty has always been very important to me.
I could be, you know, the person that shows little kids that giving up isn't something that you should do.
I don't come from a rich family - it's not like we lived in a cardboard box, but we didn't have a ton of money. Families, Children & Parenting ;Money, Coins & Minting
I don't think any war is worth having our soldiers killed. War & Peace
I grew up in Palestine, West Virginia, which is mostly a farming community; there aren't a lot of jobs.
I have repeatedly said, when asked, that if the stories about me helped inspired our troops and rally a nation, then perhaps there was some good.
I know that I'm already in the history books and that people are going to remember me as the prisoner of war and the fabricated stories, but you know, to me I was just another soldier over there doing my job. History ;War & Peace
I remember the first time I put on the Army uniform. I just felt like a totally different person - I felt proud. Time
I woke up and all I could see was Iraqis standing all around me, looking down upon me. I knew at that moment something terrible had happened and I wasn't in the right place.
Since coming back from Iraq, there's been so many triumphs and obstacles standing in my way, so whenever I set my mind to something, I definitely just go full blast at it.
The nurses at the hospital tried to soothe me, and they even tried unsuccessfully at one point to return me to Americans.
The truth is always more heroic than the hype. Truth
The whole idea that the rescue was staged or the soldiers were shooting blanks, that's just obvious stuff. Why would you do that in the middle of a war? It's just crazy. War & Peace
There's not day that goes by that I don't remember why I'm in the situation I'm in.
There's soldiers out there every day that are doing heroic things... We don't need to create them.
They told me I'd never probably see the front-line area.

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