Saturday, March 22, 2008

Local girl does good, film at eleven

Where do these people come from? More importantly: Why don't we hear about them ALL THE TIME?

Dodging insurgent gunfire, a 19-year-old Lake Jackson soldier used her body to shield five injured comrades after a roadside bomb struck her convoy in Afghanistan last spring. That act of bravery has earned her the Silver Star.

The Silver Star

• CRITERIA: Awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Army, is cited for gallantry in action.

• DESCRIPTION: A gold star, 1.5 inches in circumscribing diameter with a laurel wreath encircling rays from the center and a 3/16 inch diameter silver star superimposed in the center. The pendant is suspended from a rectangular shaped metal loop with rounded corners. The reverse has the inscription "For gallantry in action"

• BACKGROUND: The Citation Star was established by Congress on July 9, 1918. On July 19, 1932, the Secretary of War approved the Silver Star medal to replace the Citation Star. Authorization for the Silver Star was placed into law by an Act of Congress for the Navy on August 7, 1942 and an Act of Congress for the Army on December 15, 1942.

Source: The Institute of Heraldry

Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown

If I may lapse into the casual Southern form of address.

Thank you, Miss Monica.

I am forever in your debt.


  1. I've been re-reading Florence King's old National Review columns, which means essentially taking a time machine back to the Conservative Flaps of Fifteen to Five Years Ago.

    One of the ones of fifteen was whether or not women in the military in any capacity other than "administrative"- certainly not IN COMBAT- weakened it.

    Flo was evidently on the wrong side of history on this one.


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