Back in 2003, Jessica Lynch made headlines worldwide for her heroism during the Iraq war. The story of this Army Private First Class inspired everyone who learned about her journey. However, not everything said about her journey was quite true. Perhaps, the most heroic part of this tale is how Jessica came clean with the real story.
Before we get into the incredible story of ambush and POWs held in Iraq, we want to tell you a little about Jessica Lynch. A small town girl who served in the Army would turn into an American hero all due to fabricated stories. Before we get to that, back in 1983, Jessica Dawn Lynch was born in the quiet town, Palestine, of West Virginia. Despite her average small town American upbringing, she always dreamed big. Lynch hoped to travel and positively impact people the world. “I wanted to improve my life and not just be there in Palestine forever. I wanted to get out and do something,” she said. Who knew that this small town gal would make headlines across the globe? Her tale of tragedy and heroism all began with her decision to serve her country.
Seeking Further Education
Originally, Jessica never thought she would be serving her country, let alone fighting in a war. She had dreams of going to college. Unfortunately, going to college seemed far off for her. Her family could not afford to support any further education. Thus, in 2001 when she approached her graduation from Wirt County High School, Jessica considered joining the Army. The Army would provide an alternate path to higher education. Not to mention, it would allow her to travel beyond her familiar surroundings and introduce her to new cultures and people. Little did Jessica know just how much of a sacrifice she would be making in the Iraq war.