June 17, 2005
Here's Your Star

A 23-year-old sergeant with the Kentucky National Guard on Thursday became the first female soldier to receive the Silver Star the nation's third-highest medal for valor since World War II.

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, who is from Nashville, Tenn., but serves in a Kentucky unit, received the award for gallantry during a March 20 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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Posted by Ellen at June 17, 2005 05:57 AM

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