Saturday, December 12, 2015

America’s first female POW honored? History Forgotten.

UPDATE
December 14, 2015
Iraqi war vet Lynch honored in Cape Coral

America’s first female POW honored in SWFL 
Naples Daily News
By Jessica Lipscomb
December 11, 2015

A plan three months in the making, former Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch landed in Fort Myers Thursday for a weekend of events with local veterans.
In this file photo, Jessica Lynch, who shot to fame as a POW during the Iraq war in 2003, is featured in the South Charleston, W.Va. Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.(AP Photo/Bob Bird)
Lynch, who was captured in Iraq in 2003 and rescued by U.S. Special Forces nine days later, was welcomed at Southwest Florida International Airport with a flag line reception and a group of Patriot Guard Riders eager to have her in town. Ramon Villanueva Jr., the commander of Amvets Post No. 65 in Cape Coral, said he has been working with one of Lynch's family friends, who lives locally, since September to coordinate the visit.
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Would have been a good idea for the reporters to learn some history first before deciding on that headline.

First black female POW sets the record straight The physical healing is done, but nearly seven years after becoming the U.S. armed forces’ first black female prisoner of war when she was captured by Iraqi insurgents, Shoshana Johnson is still dealing with the mental trauma of her ordeal. In March 2003, just days after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Johnson’s unit got separated from its convoy and was ambushed in the city of Nasiriyah. Eleven members of the unit were killed, and seven, including Johnson and Jessica Lynch, were captured. Lynch, who was held separately, became a national hero when she was rescued after nine days of captivity. Johnson and four other captives were rescued after 22 days, also to be welcomed as heroes.

Gulf War Major Cornum Recounts Her Ordeal as a POW During Persian Gulf War

Female POWs prove women can endure war's hardships
From Florena Budwin, a Civil War woman who disguised herself as a man to join union troops and was held in a confederate prison camp, to the 67 Army nurses who were taken captive by the Japanese in World War II, there have been less than 100 military women held as POWs throughout American history.

Women Prisoners of War During the Civil War Dr. Mary Walker was held for four months in a Confederate prison camp, accused of being a spy for the Union Army. Doctor Walker is the only woman to have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.