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Lori Ann Piestewa

Date of birth: December 14, 1981
Date of death: Died in Captivity as a POW: March 23, 2003
Burial location: Tuba City, Arizona
Place of Birth: Arizona, Tuba City
Home of record: Tuba City Arizona
Status: POW

A member of the Hopi tribe, Lori Piestewa was the first woman in the U.S. armed forces killed in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and is the first Native American woman in history to die in combat while serving with the U.S. military.


Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

Private First Class Lori Ann Piestewa, United States Army, was captured after her convoy of the 507th Maintenance Company was ambushed by Iraqi Forces on 23 March 2003, and was held as a Prisoner of War until her death in captivity the same day from injuries sustained in the ambush.

Action Date: March 23, 2003

Service: Army

Rank: Private First Class

Division: Prisoner of War (Iraq)