And lori was their mother. She met an ambush and an early death outside the iraqi town of nasiriyah.
I hope soldier sister contributes a small part to putting aside differences and honoring how we are the same in our grieving and in our celebrating being alive.
Carla lori piestewa. The two are being raised by their grandparents. Lori ann piestewa p aɪ ˈ ɛ s t ə w ɑː py es tə wah. At wednesday s 13th annual piestewa memorial sunrise service lorianna ran up and down the 1 2 mile trail with her cousin carla the 16 year old daughter of the late army specialist.
Lori piestewa and carla lynn in a family portrait shortly after carla was born. Piestewa s most lasting memorial though are her children brandon and carla. December 14 1979 march 23 2003 was a united states army soldier killed during the iraq war a member of the quartermaster corps she died in the same iraqi attack in which fellow soldiers shoshana johnson and jessica lynch were injured.
Current and former members of the 507th maintenance company also attended including spc. Each year dozens of young. Piestewa was a member of the hopi tribe whose reservation is surrounded by the navajo reservation.
Carla piestewa first ever tv interview september 2011 on vimeo. Lori piestewa whose unit was attacked march 23 near nasiriyah was the first american servicewoman killed in the war and one of only a handful of american indian women serving in the military. Lori who died at the age of 23 on march 23 2003 on the fourth day of the u s.
A member of the hopi tribe piestewa was the first native american woman to die in combat. 12news phoenix lin sue cooney s exclusive with the children of lori piestewa. Piestewa s parents her son brandon 5 and daughter carla 4 participated in the dedication ceremony.
As brandon whiterock 10 and carla piestewa 8 scatter sacred white cornmeal homa on lori. Lori piestewa fallen warrior. Carla lori s daughter was only three years old when her mother was deployed.
Brandon the older child knows his mother is gone forever. Military on foreign soil. Invasion of iraq is the first native american woman to die in combat while serving in the u s.
Lori piestewa pie yes tuh wah was 23 a private first class in the 507th army maintenance company when the humvee she was driving was hit by a rocket propelled grenade on march 23 2003 the. This is her daughter carla.