Milestones Jun. 27, 2005

AWARDED. LEIGH ANN HESTER, 23, sergeant in the Kentucky National Guard; the Silver Star, making her the first woman to receive the honor since World War II; for her role in deterring insurgents and saving the lives of fellow soldiers during an ambush on a convoy in Iraq last March; in Washington. Hester, who received the award along with two men from her unit, plodded through enemy fire, killing at least three in an effort that resulted in the death of 26 or 27 insurgents and the capture of several more. "We're all soldiers, and we're all equal," she said.


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