First Female Casualty in Iraq War
Specialist Lori Ann Piestewa (December 14, 1979 – March 23, 2003) was a U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps soldier and a member of the Hopi Tribe. Specialist Piestewa was the first Native American woman in history to die in combat as well as the first woman to die in combat during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
To commemorate her memory, Arizona’s Piestewa Peak was renamed in her honor.
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A Non-Veteran Honorable Mention
Pearl Scott of the Chickasaw Nation learned to fly at age 13 to become the youngest pilot in U.S. History in 1929. After the birth of her son, Pearl Scott later became one of the tribe’s first medical employees and served three terms in the Chickasaw legislature and is a member of the Oklahoma Aviation and Space hall of fame and the Chickasaw Nation hall of fame.
Recently a portrait of Pearl Scott was unveiled at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Today her grandson Brad Scott says she inspired him, “Never give up and go after your dreams and she did that at such a young age. She’s a role model with so much drive and it’s fantastic.”
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