April 3, 2003 |
At the post office, Berylann Lewis hardly puts the phone down before it rings again. "Just send it here," she says to strangers calling from across the nation. "We'll make sure she gets it." At the county courthouse, Debbie Hennen too is taking call after call. A Toyota dealer promises a free car. A university president pledges a full scholarship. "Hey," a clerk shouts, peering out the door, "a helicopter just landed on the football field."
May 30, 2003 |
PALESTINE, W. Va. -- Friends and family of former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch avoided talking Thursday about reports that U.S. troops made her rescue from an Iraqi hospital unnecessarily dramatic and that the Pentagon overstated the risks. "The politics of war never enter our minds. Our big concern is Jessi is alive," said Lew Peck, a Wirt County deputy sheriff and family friend. "The politics, if they want to fight it out on TV, I don't care."
April 3, 2003 |
"She's alive," read the note from an Iraqi hospital worker. Acting on that tip, one of at least two relayed to the CIA and the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency, U.S. special operations units drew up and carried out a bold plan to rescue Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch from captivity at Saddam Hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, defense officials and reports from the battlefield revealed Wednesday.
May 29, 2003 |
It is one thing when the talk-show bullies who shamelessly smeared the last president, even as he attacked the training camps of Al Qaeda, now term it anti-American or even treasonous to dare criticize the Bush administration. When our Pentagon, however -- a $400-billion- a-year juggernaut -- savages individual journalists for questioning its version of events, it is worth noting. Especially if you're that journalist. Last week, this column reported the findings of a British Broadcasting Corp.
April 9, 2003 |
Her family surrounds her once again. So does the small menagerie of stuffed animals -- a couple of bears, a white rabbit -- she props up on her bed. She had her first solid meal and sat up in a chair for four hours. Jessica Lynch, the U.S. Army private snatched from Iraqi hands in a dramatic rescue mission, is slowly making progress after days spent in captivity and hours spent in surgery, her family said Tuesday.
September 4, 2003
Re "An Army Medical Discharge for Lynch," Aug. 28: Is this a great country or not? Poor Southern girl joins the military, gets captured in the Iraq war and someone wants to pay $1 million for her story. Much as a quarterback gets too much credit for a team win, it seems that in our celebrity-driven media, Jessica Lynch is receiving far too much attention for her role in the war. Barry Levy Redondo Beach
April 10, 2003
Re "As Rescuers Stormed Iraqi Hospital, a Frightened Lynch at First Hid in Bed," April 6: As I read "Jessica Lynch, we're the United States soldiers, and we're here to protect you and take you home," my eyes filled with tears of joy! As I read further of how these U.S. soldiers dug up the grave of their fellow comrades with their bare hands (no one is left behind) I felt an overwhelming sense of American pride. Let this story serve as a constant reminder to all who are antiwar and anti-Bush: We are a united nation and we will free Iraq from Saddam Hussein's torture and butchery.
April 8, 2003 |
Rescued prisoner of war Jessica Lynch's mood has been lifted by visits from her family at a hospital in Landstuhl -- not to mention the applesauce she had been craving and a teddy bear with a red, white and blue ribbon. In one of Lynch's first phone conversations with her parents after her rescue, she said she hadn't eaten in eight days. At Landstuhl, she put in her order: turkey, steamed carrots and applesauce. But until the applesauce, she was being fed intravenously.
October 25, 2003 |
The father of former prisoner of war Shoshana Johnson on Friday accused the Army of shortchanging his daughter of disability benefits after she was offered a smaller paycheck than fellow POW Jessica Lynch. "She is not getting what she deserves," Claude Johnson said. Family members confirmed that Lynch, a private first class who was snatched from her Iraqi captors on April 1 in a rescue by Special Forces, is receiving an 80% disability.
March 23, 2007 |
FOUR years later, the grieving parents are doing OK. Better than OK. They cruise through most days upbeat -- determinedly grateful for all the good things given them since the worst day of their lives. They've received a pat on the back from the president. They've been given, free and clear, a new home on 5 1/2 acres, a mini-palace of stone and clay, which they've filled with gifts of paintings and statues and prayer quilts and hand-woven rugs. A veritable museum of tributes.