Jessica Lynch

Jessica Lynch


4/26/1983, Palestine, West Virginia

Birth Name

Jessica Dawn Lynch


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A former private first class in the United States Army, was a prisoner of war of the Iraqi military in the 2003 invasion of Iraq who was rescued by United States forces on April 1, 2003. Lynch's rescue was the first of an American POW since World War…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jessica received her degree in elementary education from WVU at Parkersburg on December 16th, 2011.

    • Jessica bagan the Jessica Lynch Foundation help children who have had a parent die while in military service.

    • Jessica has stated that she couldn't finish watching the made for TV movie, Saving Jessica Lynch, because of the many inaccuracies.

    • She was awarded by the military the following decorations: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

    • Jessica named her daughter in part after Lori Ann Piestewa, who was the first woman soldier to have died in the Iraq War.

    • Jessica gave birth to Dakota Ann Robinson on January 19th, 2007 by Caesarean section.

    • She was a supply clerk with the 507th Maintenance Company.

    • She was the first American POW to be successfully rescued since World War II.

    • Jessica is expecting her first child in January, 2007. She had been concerned that she couldn't even get pregnant.

    • Jessica will be transferring to the University of West Virginia at Parkersburg in the fall of 2006.

    • Jessica Lynch was granted a medical honorable discharge on August 27, 2003. She left the army as a Private First Class (PFC).

    • As of Fall 2005, Miss Lynch will be enrolled at West Virginia University.

    • Jessica Lynch also co-authored her biography: I AM A SOLDIER, TOO: The Jessica Lynch Story

  • Quotes

    • (about the Iraqi nurses)
      Jessica: The nurses at the hospital tried to soothe me, and they even tried unsuccessfully at one point to return me to Americans

    • Jessica: I have repeatedly said, when asked, that if the stories about me helped inspired our troops and rally a nation, then perhaps there was some good. However, I am still confused as to why they chose to lie and try to make me a legend, when the real heroics of my fellow soldiers that day were legendary.

    • (In reference to her fighting until being captured)
      Jessica: I'm not about to take credit for something I didn't do.

    • Jessica: The truth is always more heroic than the hype.

    • Jessica: referring to Lori Piestewa She taught me to be a stronger person. She was so strong herself that it kind of rubbed off, ... I feel that's why those nine days in that hospital -- that's why I got through it. Lori was there. I could feel her giving me strength to keep going.

    • Jessica: There's not day that goes by that I don't remember why I'm in the situation I'm in.

  • Jessica Lynch is all American and deserves our respect.

    Many ignorant people think that Jessica didn't deserve what she recieved from private citizens in the State of West Virginia or the US. Well, they are very wrong. She deserved everything she got. Not because of the stories that the military lied about. She deserved it because she is a veteran. If the people that complain aren't willing to dish out something for every that served then they need to shut up.

    Miss Lynch has been nothing but a great unofficial ambassador for the state of WVa. She has been humble in everything that has came about since her release.moreless