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This day in History April 1

April 1, 2003

On This Day: Marines rescue Pfc. Jessica Lynch

On April 1, 2003, U.S. Marines rescued Pfc. Jessica Lynch, 19, who had been held prisoner in Iraq since an ambush on March 23.

WASHINGTON, April 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Central Command spokesman Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks said Tuesday that a U.S. Army prisoner of war has been rescued from Iraq and is now in a coalition-controlled area.
In a statement, the Department of Defense identified the soldier as Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch, 19, of Palestine, W.Va. She was assigned to the 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas, the statement said.

Lynch had been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown after her convoy was ambushed March 23.
She was among 12 from her unit. Five others are listed as prisoners of war. They were shown being interviewed on Iraqi TV. They are:

-- 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, Texas;
-- Pfc. Patrick Wayne Miller, 23, of Walter, Kan.; and
-- Sgt. James Joseph Riley, 31, of Pennsauken, N.J.

Two Apache helicopter pilots have also been POWs since March 23. They are:
-- Chief Warrant Officer David S. Williams, 30, of Florida, and
-- Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young Jr., 26, of Georgia.

Both are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment out of Fort Hood, Texas.

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