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Mike, I saw this bit of good news about a fellow West Virginian. It kind of made me smile.

U.S. Troops Rescue POW in Iraq
RETRANSMITTED TO CORRECT DATE OF AMBUSH TO MARCH 23, NOT MARCH 24 ** Jessica Lynch, 19, seen in this undated photo, one of several soldiers who went missing after their supply convoy was ambushed in southern Iraq, March 24, 2003 was rescued, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday, April 1, 2003. Lynch, 19, of Palestine, W.Va., worked as a supply clerk with the Army's 507th Maintenance Co. (AP Photo/Family Handout)
 

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Joe --

It was great news to hear -- she is a very lucky soldier. Needless to say, it has been all over the news here. She is from a very small town --- heck, the entire county (Wirt) could fit all its citizens in our local armory and still have room for most of the livestock! :lol:
If you are looking at WV on a map, the closest city of any size is Parkersburg, WV. She is about 1.5 hrs from where I am in Fairmont.

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Joe --

It was great news to hear -- she is a very lucky soldier. Needless to say, it has been all over the news here. She is from a very small town --- heck, the entire county (Wirt) could fit all its citizens in our local armory and still have room for most of the livestock! :lol:
If you are looking at WV on a map, the closest city of any size is Parkersburg, WV. She is about 1.5 hrs from where I am in Fairmont.

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Sorry about the "double tap" --- the board was malfunctioning earlier!

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Mike, I don't know about any of the arsehole protesters or politicians but I'm very proud of her and I don't even know her. God bless her and all the troops that are protecting my freedom. I for one will never forget.
 

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Joe --- this was in the local paper this morning:


Now that Jessica Lynch is in safe hands, the story of her capture is beginning to unravel, and there are growing indications that her exploits in the desert during that ill-fated wrong turn were nothing short of a John Wayne script.

The Washington Post reports today that military sources say Lynch and her comrades fought off their attackers vigorously after the ambush. The Post quotes one unnamed military official as saying the 19-year old West Virginia native was fighting to the death and didn't plan to be taken alive.

According to the report, Lynch fired her weapon until running out of ammunition and killed several Iraqis as they closed in. The report says Lynch continued the fight despite multiple gunshot wounds suffered in the battle and with several of her fellow soldiers falling dead around her. Lynch was also stabbed as the Iraqis closed on her position; one early battlefield report indicated she had been stabbed to death.

Military officials say the story is based on battlefield intelligence and it may take some time to sort out all of the details of the ambush. Several of Lynch's fellow soldiers in the 507th Maintenance Company are still unaccounted for and more are listed as Prisoners of War.


Mike
PS--- Seems this young lady did West Virginia and America PROUD!
 

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PS--- Seems this young lady did West Virginia and America PROUD!
You Bet She Did!! Let's just pray this event in her life only serves as a learning experience and that it has no ill effects on her.

God Bless Jessica Lynch !
 

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Joe ---


There are other developments that have been kept more local --- as you have read, Jessica's sole reason for joining the military was to get money for college because she aspires to be a Kindergarten Teacher (btw --- my mother was one for over 20 years). Since her rescue, there have been a number of colleges that have offered to give her free schooling --- and our Dipwad of a Governor (Bob Wise) has made the offer of free schooling for Jessica at any West Virginia institution of higher learning!!


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Hey RAJ ---

Before you go spouting the ususal misperceptions about WV --- ya ought to do some checking. :roll:

West Virginia University is very highly rated in almost every degree/program. In fact, they have the 3rd rated Mining Engineering program in the nation. And have one of the first Biometrics programs around.
Bethany College is one of the most difficult colleges to graduate from. In order to receive your degree, you must pass a comprehensive test covering EVERY class taken during a students education. There have been cases where a student has had to take the exit test multiple times in order to receive their degree.
Fairmont State College has a highly rated education, avionics, criminal justice and nursing programs.

Besides these three institutions, there are many others here:
Salem International University, Wheeling Jesuit, Shepard College, Concord College, Bluefield State College, WV State, WV Tech, Marshall University, University of Charleston, Alderson Broddus, West Virginia Wesleyn, Glenville State, Ohio Valley College, Potomac State (JC), etc...

If'n you want to look further try this site first : http://www.wvbankers.org/wvedu.htm

Having lived here all my life, I am very protective of our state. Unfortunatly, the media always trys to make WV look bad. In fact, it made me cringe when I saw the Lynch Family in front of their house :oops: Wirt County is a very poor (rural) and not heavily populated county (pop 5500). Marion/Harrison/Monongalia county area where I live is nothing like what you see on TV.

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In fact, they have the 3rd rated Mining Engineering program in the nation. And have one of the first Biometrics programs around.
The first so all the Coal Miner's daughters and sons can learn "the family business" and the second for those that want to study the long term effects inbreeding has on the local gene pool. :neer:

You walked into that one Mike, perfectly executed set-up!
 
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