Fallen soldier honored at Fort Benning

FORT BENNING, GA (WXTX) -  A Native American solider who lost her life while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom is being honored at Fort Benning.

Specialist Lori Ann Piestewa was assigned to the 507th Maintenance Company in Fort Bliss, Texas and served during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her convoy got lost in southeastern Iraq and was ambushed.  Piestewa along with another soldier that would become famous Jessica Lynch was taken captive.

Their stories had a very different ending, Lynch survive while Piestewa died a prisoner.

Years later Specialist Piestewa's heroic efforts are still being recognized. At a ceremony Wednesday on Fort Benning her family was joined by leaders at the Maneuver Center of Excellence to officially dedicate building 5310 in her honor.

"It's very humbling to be here, to know that these people are recognizing her, that the whole world in different places continues to recognize what she's done for her country."

Piestewa's two children Brandon and Carla were in attendance at Wednesday's ceremony. Along with their grandparents who say they are proud of what their daughter accomplished in her life.

"We really appreciate what they thought about our daughter and the kids mother," Lori Ann Piestewa

Lori Piestewa's daughter Carla read a special poem in her mother's honor this morning and the family together unveiled a placard that will hand on the building and officially cut the ribbon on Piestewa Hall.

The Piestewa's say that it's been an exceptionally hard time for the children but commend them on their courage to hold their heads high and carry on their mother's legacy.

"They are very, very good about being who they are and we are so proud of them."

Piestewa is remembered as the first Native American women to die in operation iraq freedom.

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