Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa

Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa

Died March 23, 2003 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

23, of Tuba City, Ariz.; assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas; killed in an ambush near Nasiriyah, Iraq.

Pfc. Lori Piestewa was the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and the granddaughter of a World War I veteran. She was a source of pride for Tuba City, Ariz., a town of 8,200 people on the Navajo Reservation but close to Hopi land. Piestewa, a single mother raising a 4-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, enlisted in the Army two years ago and had served as a commanding officer of Junior ROTC in high school. “She will be remembered as a daughter, as a proud mother of two, as a good friend able to comfort others in distress,” said Hopi Tribal Chairman Wayne Taylor.

Associated Press

Mom, Hopi, hero: Piestewa an icon

By Billy House and Mark Shaffer

Arizona Republic/Associated Press

Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa has become the nation’s most recognizable Native American military icon since Ira Hayes helped raise the Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima.

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    I am so glad to find this and other sites that are giving tribute to this woman of valor. I put her picture and a small profile attached to my name at in order to keep her in peoples memory and to give her honor.

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