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Silver Star awarded to Texas woman

Associated Press
Published March 10, 2008


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CAMP SALERNO, Afghanistan - A 19-year-old medic from Texas will become the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second female soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest medal for valor.

Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown saved the lives of fellow soldiers after a roadside bomb tore through a convoy of Humvees in the eastern Paktia province in April 2007, the military said.

After the explosion, which wounded five in her unit, Brown ran through gunfire and used her body to shield the wounded as mortars fell near by, the military said.

"I did not really think about anything except for getting the guys to a safer location and getting them taken care of and getting them out of there," Brown said Saturday at a U.S. base in the eastern province of Khost.

Brown, of Lake Jackson, Texas, is scheduled to receive the Silver Star later this month. She serves with the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester of Nashville received the Silver Star in 2005 for gallantry during an insurgent ambush on a convoy in Iraq.

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