LYNCH, JESSICA D.

Name: Jessica D. Lynch
Branch/Rank: Army/Pfc
Unit: 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, TX
Date of Birth/Age: April 26, 1983/19 at capture
Home City of Record: Palestine, W. Virginia
Date of Loss: March 23, 2003
Country of Loss: Iraq
Original Status: Missing in Action
Current Status: RESCUED
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

Other Personnel in Incident:

Killed in action:
Spc. Jamaal R. Addison, 22, of Roswell, GA; Pfc. Howard Johnson II, 21, of Mobile, Ala.

Missing in action (later declared KIA):
Master Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, 38, of Cleveland, Ohio; Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto, 18, of El Paso; Spc. James M. Kiehl, 22, of Des Moines, Iowa; Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, 35, of El Paso; Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, 23, of Tuba City, Ariz.; Pvt. Brandon Ulysses Sloan, 19, of Bedford, Ohio; and Sgt. Donald Ralph Walters, 33, of Salem, Ore.  

Prisoners of war:
Spc. Edgar Adan Hernandez, 21, of Mission, Texas; Spc. Joseph Neal Hudson, 23, of Alamogordo, N.M.; Spc. Shoshana Nyree Johnson, 30, of El Paso; Pfc. Patrick Wayne Miller, 23, of Walter, Kan.; and Sgt. James Joseph Riley, 31, of Pennsauken, N.J.

Four more members of the unit were wounded, but managed to hold off or evade enemy forces until a Marine unit arrived to help evacuate them.

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. April 2003.

Synopsis: A group of about 20 members of the 507th was ambushed near An Nasiriyah, Iraq on the fourth day of battle by civilian-clothed Iraqi forces. The soldiers were supplying the 3rd Infantry Division in its drive to Baghdad in central Iraq when they took a wrong turn. Broadcast pictures showed the convoy with a vehicle that appeared to have its tires shot out, another was overturned. Six vehicles were destroyed according to media reports.

The 507th, which deployed with the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, is not considered a combat unit, Defense Department officials said. Made up mostly of mechanics, the 507th keeps the diesel tanker trucks rolling, fixes generators and keeps the mechanical parts in good shape. Lynch was a supply clerk.

Some members of the 507th were shown on Iraqi television as prisoners being questioned, but Lynch was not one of those. Lynch and the unit's cook, Shoshana Johnson, are among the first women POWs of this war, but women have been held prisoner starting with the Civil War. Two more women are listed as missing {MIA}.

Lynch was rescued April 1, from an Iraqi hospital in Nasiriyah. Army Rangers, Air Force combat controllers, Navy SEALs and Marines participated in the mission after receiving word from multiple local sources that she was in Saddam Hospital - a facility used by the regime as a military post - and still alive. Media reports indicate a witness stated that she was being "slapped" by an Iraqi officer when seen.

Doctors treating Lynch after her rescue and flight to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany indicate Lynch has two broken legs, a broken foot and ankle, a broken arm, disc injury, and head laceration. No confirmation yet on whether she was hurt in the ambush on the 507th, by her captors, or in the rescue effort. Initial reports of her having stab/gunshot wounds were confirmed when her family admitted she had 2 gunshot wounds. Doctors in Germany had earlier denied it. She underwent back and orthopedic surgery on April 3rd and 4th, was listed in stable condition, and was expected to recover.

Lynch was described as a "country girl" and had joined the Army because of the lack of jobs in rural West Virginia. She had hoped to attend college after her extended enlistment and become a kindergarten teacher. Her brother, Pfc. Greg Lynch is an avionics electrician from Fort Bragg, N.C. He's currently on emergency leave in their hometown of Palestine, W.Va. Lynch Jr. had enlisted the same day as his sister.

Her parents, Gregory and Deadra Lynch credited faith and a "brave bunch of people" for her rescue. Gregory Lynch Sr. went on to say "We love her, the little brat's caused a big stir in this town."

Jessica Lynch and her family left Landstuhl early Saturday morning (April 12) with 49 other wounded. They will continue medical treatment and recovery in the U.S.

Meanwhile, TV Networks fight over rights to her story, and 5 others prisoners, captured with her, have yet to be located in Iraq. Nine others from her unit were memorialized in services at Fort Bliss on April 11. They were killed in the ambush and it's aftermath where Jessica and her fellow soldiers were captured.

As of May 8, 2003 all the POW returnees, except for Lynch, have returned to Fort Bliss, Texas and are on leave.

 


http://www.washtimes.com/national/20030709-121049-4754r.htm

July 9, 2003

Crash caused Lynch's 'horrific injuries'

By Rowan Scarborough

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

    The Army will release a report tomorrow on the ambush of the 507th Maintenance Company in Iraq that will show Pfc. Jessica Lynch and another female soldier suffered extensive injuries in a vehicle accident, but not from Iraqi fighters.

    The deadly March 23 battle in Nasiriyah, in central Iraq, has emerged as perhaps the most famous incident in the war - both for what happened and for what was reported to have happened, but did not. .....


http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGA15PR66ID.html

POW Lynch Expected to Return to West Virginia Home Next Week, Family Spokesman Says

By April Vitello Associated Press Writer
Published: Jul 15, 2003

ELIZABETH, W.Va. (AP) - Former POW Jessica Lynch is expected to return home to West Virginia next week, a family spokesman said Tuesday.

Lynch is to be released July 22 from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and should arrive in Wirt County by midafternoon, spokesman Randy Coleman said.......

 


New York Times -- April 27, 2007
Politics During Wartime
By Michael DeLong

Michael DeLong, a retired Marine lieutenant general, is the author, with Noah Lukeman, of "A General Speaks Out: The Truth About the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Tampa, Fla. -- As the deputy commander at United States Central Command from 2001 to 2003, I represented the military in dealing with politicians regarding the capture and rescue of Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch in Iraq, and thus I can speak with authority about what really happened after her maintenance convoy got lost near Nasiriya in 2003 and she was taken prisoner. I feel compelled to respond to accusations that have been made in recent days by several politicians.....


Former POW Jessica Lynch Finishing Teaching Degree

 

 

Jessica Lynch was just 19 when the world first saw her — a broken, blond soldier caught on combat video in Iraq, her face wearing something between a grimace and a grin.

The Army supply clerk was being carried on a stretcher after nine days as a prisoner of war. She had been captured along with five others after the 507th Maintenance Company took a wrong turn and came under attack in Nasiriyah on March 23, 2003. Eleven of her fellow soldiers died.

Lynch had joined the Army at 18 to earn money for college and become a school teacher. This Friday, at 28, she completes that mission......


http://www.stripes.com/news/army/ex-pow-jessica-lynch-commemorates-rescue-1.214620

Ex-POW Jessica Lynch commemorates rescue

By Megan Workman

The Charleston (W. Va.) Gazette
Published: April 2, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- John Romage collects change from more than 1,000 drivers daily on the West Virginia Turnpike, but one day last year he recognized a hero behind the wheel.

Jessica Lynch smiled back at Romage as she handed him her toll fee.

She even signed her autograph on the back of a receipt and shook the Mount Hope resident's hand, Romage said.

The Wirt County native was rescued 10 years ago Monday after being taken as a prisoner of war in Iraq in 2003....
 
 
 
WSLS
BEDFORD (WSLS 10) – Prisoner of War Jessica Lynch spoke at the POW/MIA event “Never Forget” at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford ...