Spc. Amanda Pinson
Update: Burying Amanda
UPDATE: Sgt. Amanda Pinson
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died in Tikrit, Iraq, on Mar. 16, when a mortar round detonated.
Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson, 21, of St. Louis, Mo.
Spc. Carlos M. Gonzalez, 22, of Middletown, N.Y.
Pinson and Gonzalez were assigned to the 101st Military Intelligence Detachment, 501st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
Family members said Spc. Amanda Pinson, 21, was killed in a mortar attack on the base in Tikrit, Iraq, where she worked in intelligence. They said they couldn’t know exactly what her work entailed, but that it kept her on the base most of the time and, they had hoped, somewhat out of harm’s way. The military had not yet released information about her death Friday night.
Amanda Pinson, of south St. Louis County, was with the 101st Airborne Division and was based at Fort Campbell, Ky. She was proud of what she was doing, family members said.
Her mother, Chris Ehlen, said she talked her daughter out of joining the military once, but in the end, it was what she wanted to do.
“She loved being in the Army and she loved doing her job,” said Ehlen, of south St. Louis County. “She felt like her work saved American lives. That’s what she did.”
Regina Pinson, her stepmother, remembers watching coverage of Cindy Sheehan’s protests against the war with her stepdaughter.
“Please don’t do something like that if something happens to me,” she remembers Amanda Pinson saying. “This is what I want to do.”
Table of contents for Amanda Pinson
This entry was posted on Monday, March 20th, 2006 at 5:05 pm and is filed under Military, Amanda Pinson, War on Terror, Iraq, Military, War on Terror. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.