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Jessica D. Lynch

Date of birth: April 26, 1983
Place of Birth: West Virginia, Palestine
Home of record: Palestine West Virginia
Status: POW

Jessica Lynch was captured in Iraq following an ambush on March 23, 2001, and was held as a Prisoner of War until she was rescued from an Iraqi hospital by U.S. Special Operations Forces, on April 1, 2003.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Bronze Star

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, Authorized by Executive Order 11046, 24 August 1962, takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Private First Class Jessica D. Lynch, United States Army, for exemplary courage under fire during combat operations to liberate Iraq, while serving with the 507th Maintenance Company, 5th Battalion, 52d Air Defense Artillery, 3d Infantry Division, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Private First Class Lynch's bravery and heart persevered while surviving the ambush and captivity in An Nasiriya. Private First Class Lynch's belief in the Battalion's Motto "One Team, One Fight" is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service. Her honor, courage and dedication reflect great credit upon herself, 507th Maintenance Company, 3d Infantry Division, Victory Corps, and the United States Army.

Action Date: March 23 - April 2, 2003

Service: Army

Rank: Private First Class

Company: 507th Maintenance Company

Battalion: 5th Battalion

Regiment: 52d Air Defense Artillery

Division: 3d Infantry Division

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

Private First Class Jessica D. Lynch, United States Army, was captured after her convoy of the 507th Maintenance Company was ambushed by Iraqi Forces on 23 March 2003, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and was held as a Prisoner of War until 1 April 2003, when U.S. Special Operations Forces rescued her from an Iraqi hospital where she was being treated for her injuries.

Action Date: March 23 - April 1, 2003

Service: Army

Rank: Private First Class

Division: Prisoner of War (Iraq)