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« Brain food from the heartland

Remember Jessica Lynch?

By Louie b. Free (Contact)


Published May 23, 2014

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NBC News ran this piece, last year:

Iraq War 10 Years Later: Where Are They Now?- Jessica Lynch

You remember Jessica : 

"On March 23, 2003, just three days after the start of the invasion of Iraq, a U.S. Army supply convoy took a wrong turn and was attacked in Nasiriyah, a key town on the road to Baghdad. Eleven U.S. soldiers were killed and six captured, including Private First Class Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old from West Virginia. She suffered spinal fractures, nerve damage and a shattered right arm, right foot and left leg when her Humvee crashed.

Originally listed as missing in action, Lynch’s story gripped the nation and the world when the Pentagon announced that she had been plucked from an Iraqi hospital on April 1 by a Rangers unit, followed a day later with the release of dramatic footage of the rescue. In addition, the Rangers recovered the bodies of eight soldiers who had been killed in fighting with her unit. Stories also emerged of how Lynch had bravely fought off the initial attack.

Lynch was later airlifted for treatment in Germany and the United States. Following her release from hospital, she returned to a hero’s welcome in her hometown, Palestine, W.Va., and the arms of her fiancé, Sgt. Ruben Contreras, who she had met during her military service...."


Most of us, U.S. do NOT remember, MARTIN BARRERAS
MARTIN BARRERAS  died  at San Antonio Military Medical Center from wounds sustained when enemy forces opened fire on his unit May 6 in Afghanistan.

The Army Times reports Barreras served 22 years in the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment.

A friend and fellow Ranger said in an email to Fox News that Barreras was a member of the Army battalion that conducted the successful rescue of Lynch from an Iraqi hospital. The friend said Barreras personally handed Lynch to another soldier to transfer her to the helicopter that evacuated her from the area.

Barreras, according to the friend, then fended off multiple attacks in order to retrieve all 9 of the bodies of the other U.S. soldiers missing in action to bring them home

Monday is MEMORIAL DAY.

History.com says:

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades... 

This MEMORIAL Day maybe WE will take some time to remember MARTIN BARRERAS....certainly his parents, Ray and Gloria, two brothers, David and Andy, wife Melinda, three children, Calvin, Amice and Victorria, and three grandchildren, Collin, Noah and Claire will never forget him.......neither will Jessica Lynch.


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