American Women's Exhibit Opens at
By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service
Spc. Lori Piestewa's parents, Terry and Priscilla "Percy"
Piestewa, stand proudly during May 26 ceremonies at the
Women's Memorial in Arlington, Va., honoring their daughter,
who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Photo by Rudi Williams
ARLINGTON, Va., May 27, 2003 Army Spc.
Lori Piestewa didn't move a mountain, but her death on the
battlefield in Iraq touched a nation and changed a mountain's
"Squaw Peak," the Phoenixsummit
with a name that's offensive and controversial to some, is now
"Piestewa Peak" a hero's name.
Among other tributes to the fallen warrior, Piestewa and five
others are featured in "Voices," a new exhibit that
opened at the Women's Memorial on May 26 to honor and highlight
the contributions of Native American women who serve in the
A Hopi Indian, Piestewa was given special honors by tribal representatives
from across the country because she was the first service woman
killed in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first known
Native American service woman known to have been killed in combat.
The 23-year-old soldier from Tuba City, Ariz., died from injuries
when her unit, the 507th Maintenance Company, was ambushed on
March 23 near Nasiriyah, Iraq, by enemy forces in Iraq. She
was promoted posthumously. Full
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