Fort Leonard Wood Building Honors Soldier

6 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, July 18 2012 Jul 18, 2012 Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:30:07 PM CDT July 18, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

FORT LEONARD WOOD (AP) — Fort Leonard Wood is dedicating a new building in honor of Missouri's first female solider killed by hostile fire.

The south-central Missouri Army base says a memorial plaque honoring Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson of St. Louis will be formally unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the new Training Support Center.

Pinson was 21 in March 2006 when a mortar exploded in the central Iraq city of Tikrit, killing her and 22-year-old Spc. Carlos M. Gonzalez, of Middletown, N.Y. Both were based at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Pinson was a signals intelligence analyst. She enlisted out of high school when she was 18, telling a newspaper columnist at the time that she thought the experience would help her grow -- and that she was aware of the dangers involved.

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