First female graduate of West Point dies in Iraq

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Emily J.T. Perez, a determined 23-year-old from Prince George's County, rose to the top of her high school class and then became the first minority female command sergeant in the history of the U.S. Military Academy.

Now she has another distinction. The second lieutenant was buried Tuesday at the academy, the first female graduate of West Point to die in Iraq. Perez, a platoon leader, was killed while patrolling southern Iraq near Najaf on Sept. 12 when a roadside bomb exploded under her Humvee.


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/26/AR2006092601765.html
 

Goatman

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RIP ma'am.
Stand down.

Our thoughts are with her family and grieving colleagues at this sad time.


' They shall not grow old, as we who remain grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the Sun and in the morning
We WILL remember them. '



Lee Shaver
 
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armchair_jihad said:
Emily J.T. Perez, a determined 23-year-old from Prince George's County, rose to the top of her high school class and then became the first minority female command sergeant in the history of the U.S. Military Academy.

Now she has another distinction. The second lieutenant was buried Tuesday at the academy, the first female graduate of West Point to die in Iraq. Perez, a platoon leader, was killed while patrolling southern Iraq near Najaf on Sept. 12 when a roadside bomb exploded under her Humvee.


In full

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/26/AR2006092601765.html
RIP LT.

God bless 'em, Iraq's been tough on young LT's:

From "Mortality of US Troops in Combat"

In the Army, enlisted men have 40% higher mortality than officers; in the
Marines, the differential is 36%. The excess mortality of enlisted men is diminished by the high mortality of the lowest-ranking officers, Lieutenants, who are typically the leaders of combat patrols. Army Lieutenants have the highest mortality of any rank in the Army, 19% higher mortality than all Army troops combined. Marine Lieutenants have 11% higher mortality than all Marines. But the single highest mortality group in any service consists of Lance Corporals in the Marines, whose death risk is 3.3 times that of all troops in Iraq.
 

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