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Hopi female soldier killed in Iraq honored

Mar. 24, 2013 - 11:12AM   |  
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PHOENIX — Lori Piestewa, the first female soldier who died during the invasion of Iraq, is being remembered.

Family and friends gathered first on Friday as the oath room at the U.S. military’s processing station in Phoenix was dedicated in her honor. Saturday followed with a special sunrise service.

Piestewa was a member of the Hopi tribe and native of Tuba City.

She and others were taken captive when their convoy was attacked in Nasiriyah on March 23, 2003. She later died from her injuries.

Three members of Piestewa’s unit — Joe Hudson, Shoshana Johnson and Jessica Lynch — joined her family for the dedication ceremony.

Her mother, Percy, tells Phoenix television station KPNX that the three veterans are a part of her family. She says she’s proud the group has been able to connect and help each other heal.

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