Posted by: Jacqui Murray | January 24, 2011

Eight American Warriors–Part Four

…you’ve never heard of.

Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester, Army National Guard (Iraq)

In 2005, Hester became the first woman to win the Silver Star since World War II when her MP squad came to the rescue of an ambushed convoy. Her team of ten soldiers attacked approximately 50 Iraqis near the town of Salman Pak, killing 27 and wounding six.

Not that you care, but I spent a night in Salman Pak in 2003, a couple days before U.S. forces reached Baghdad. We were in a blocking position north of the town, and intel said that we should expect a heavy firefight with terrorists who had come from Syria and Jordan. Not much happened that night, except I barely got any sleep for the 17th day in a row and my nerves were shot to hell. As you can see, my contribution to the war helped keep Salman Pak safe for future… oh. Sorry, Leigh Ann.

Bonus Badass Points: She did it without attracting any bears! (Read the Washington Post article about her heroism here.)

5. Petty Officer First Class John Harlan Willis, U.S. Navy (World War II)

–credit for series to Uproxx


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