Army Spec. Monica Lin Brown saved the lives of fellow soldiers after a roadside bomb tore through a convoy of Humvees in the eastern Paktia province in April 2007, the military said.Well done Spc. Brown. [Via Firehand]
After the explosion, which wounded five soldiers in her unit, Brown ran through insurgent gunfire and used her body to shield wounded comrades as mortars fell less than 100 yards away, the military said.
The last time a woman received the Silver Star was in 2005 in Iraq. Sgt Leigh Ann Hester received the Silver Star for her actions defending a convoy.