Jessica Dawn Lynch is a former United States Army soldier who served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. and allied forces. On March 23, 2003, Private First Class Lynch was serving as a unit supply specialist with the 507th Maintenance Company when her convoy was ambushed by Iraqi forces during the Battle of Nasiriyah. Lynch was seriously injured. Her subsequent recovery by U.S. Special Operations Forces on April 1, 2003 received considerable media coverage; it was the first successful rescue of an American prisoner of war since World War II and the first ever of a woman. Initial official reports on Lynch's capture and rescue in Iraq were incorrect. On April 24, 2007, she testified in front of Congress that she had never fired her weapon, and that she had been knocked unconscious when her vehicle crashed. Lynch has been outspoken in her criticism of the original stories reported regarding her combat experience. When asked about her heroine status, she stated "That wasn't me.
|Birth name:||Jessica Dawn Lynch|
|Born:||April 26, 1983, Palestine, West Virginia, U.S.|
|Years of service:||2001–2003|
|Rank:||Private First Class (PFC)|
|Unit:||507th Maintenance Company|
|Battles/wars:||Iraq War, 2003 invasion of Iraq (POW)|
|Awards:||Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal|
|Other work:||Teacher, actress|
|Twitter:||Jessica Lynch's Twitter profile|
|IMDb:||Jessica Lynch's IMDb|
About Jessica Lynch
U.S. Army soldier who became a POW during the Iraq War and was rescued by the U.S. Special Operations Forces in 2003.
Her parents didn't have enough money to send her to college, so she joined the U.S. Army.
She was the first female prisoner-of-war who was successfully rescued and the first POW rescued by the United States since WWII.
Her parents were Deidre and Gregory Lynch.
She and Don Rickles both served in the armed forces.
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- American prisoners of war
- Women in the United States Army
- Military personnel from West Virginia