From the January/February, 2010 issue of Touchstone
Mothers in the Line of Fire by Andrew A. Sicree

Mothers in the Line of Fire

Women in Combat Is a Pro-life Matter of Moral Theology

by Andrew A. Sicree

The state of Arizona renamed a mountain and a highway for her. The US Army awarded her the Purple Heart and promoted her posthumously. But what became of the children of Lori Ann Piestewa?

On March 23, 2003, Army Pfc. Piestewa of the 507th Maintenance Company, out of Fort Bliss, Texas, was traveling in a military convoy that got lost and wandered into an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Piestewa, injured in the attack and captured, died in captivity shortly thereafter. The first female American soldier to die in the war, she, as a Hopi, was also the first Native American woman to die in combat while serving in . . .


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