Gotta Watch: Jessica Lynch then and now
Private Jessica Lynch is rescued by fellow soldiers April 1, 2003 at a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq.
April 1st, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Jessica Lynch then and now

A terrified but brave young soldier was rescued by her fellow soldiers in an Iraqi hospital eight years ago today. You may remember Private Jessica Lynch's story as the first successful rescue of a female prisoner of war. We've put together some video that tells her story and where she is now.

Daring nighttime rescue – Video leaked several years after her rescue shows the moment when U.S. military came to her aide after being held in a hospital for nine days.

Lynch sets the record straight– Today, Lynch is a far different woman than the frightened 19-year-old in the video above. She chats with HLN's Joy Behar about her controversial homecoming and her status as an American war hero.

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  1. eunice c

    yeah and what about all the other brave young women and men that was capture as well ----– what so special about ms lynch

    April 1, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Cygnus Rising

      She is a pretty white woman. We always run stories about tragedies that happen to pretty white women.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fellow Mountaineer

      Wow, this is impressive. Instead of taking this as a great story of how the military went in to rescue one of their own it is getting twisted into what is so great about her. She was one, who like the troops that saved her, was in the line of fire. She was a POW, and was fortunate enough to get rescued just like every POW hopes. This is just one story of the greatness and strength of our troops!!! Never did it claim to be the only story. Be happy that she was on the survived list and not the KIA list. Congratulations to Jessica and thank you to the brave soldiers that saved her!

      April 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • xxsevensxx

      Talk about callous. No one is saying she's brave to the exclusion of all others. No one is saying she is the be all and end all of military bravery. But she was brave and so where the soldiers who rescued her. Just like any other soldier in her or their situation would have been. It made headlines because it could have easily turned out very differently for all involved. We should be just as glad to hear about the soldiers who made it as we are saddened to hear about the ones who didn't.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      @Cygnus Rising: That's a very good point. Just the other day I saw an article about Tiger Wood's new girlfriend.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom S

      Cygnus Rising...you are so correct, we never see stories of how some colored person was done wrong or any tragedies that happen to colored people. Apparently Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton don't exist either because we never see them screaming on T.V. or see them on CNN supporting ONLY black people. Must be a heavy rock you live under of course it is probably white and that is why it is holding you down.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Ups, you're the kind of guy that goes on a date and talks about your ex. This article is about HER and that's why they talk about her. If you look hard in the internat you would find many articles talking about other people. You might go as well there and complain that they don't talk about Ms. Lynch...

      April 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duh

      What's special about her? From a historical perspective POW's are not frequently rescued.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus Moore

      eunice, eunice, eunice You're one of those "Either report ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING that goes on in the world or don't report ANYTHING!" idiots who really, really, really annoy normal human beings! Just shut up, read the new, and shut up. SHUT UP!!! SHUT UP!!! SHUT UP!!!

      April 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • bohica123

      If I recall right, this "hero" didn't even fire a round while her fellow soldiers were trying to fight off the attack. She watched as they all died.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      What is so great about Jessica Lynch was her honesty, her refusal to allow the Army to portray her as a female Rambo (which they did), and instead to just tell the world the truth. No reporter "found her out." No general or congressman "tripped" her up. She just told the truth because she had too much honor to take part in a fairy tale about herself,

      April 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      What a freaking COWARD she is. The press and media wont tell you the real story of how she ended up being captured. As her fellow sholdiers were fighting to their deaths LYNCH coward in her HUMVEE and never fired a shot because she was afraid. She should have been charged with Dereliction of Duty and spending time in prison. SHE IS NOT A HERO SHES A COWARD.

      April 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • NMGrrL

      What made – and makes – Jessica Lynch special is that she told- and tells- the truth about her situation. She could have taken credit for trying to fight off her attackers, but she flat out said her weapon was jammed and she could not fire it. I remember, though she does not mention her by name here, her best friend Private Lori Piestewa of Arizona, who died when Pvt. Lynch was taken captive. The others in Lynch's vehicle died also.

      Ms. Lynch and Ms. Piestewa joined the Army because they could not afford college, not because they had any great call to military service. They were young women with no other opportunities in our "land of opportunity." They are both SPECIAL because they both have paid a very high price for their dreams. Ms. Piestewa was a single mom. Ms. Lynch, as I recall, wanted to be a teacher. She does not mention if she has had time – or the physical and emotional stamina - for college around the twenty surgeries to repair her injuries from the Iraq War.

      Jessica Lynch will always be special for being the first female POW rescued from behind enemy lines, but I will remember her for being an honest young woman with the integrity to stand up and correct the war machine that wanted to make her something she was not.

      April 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan Millard

      seriously? she was found crying, and in the fetal position....

      April 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jessiemac

      My served in iraq and In Afganistan. Not until years later did I hear his own story not onlu with his own troops but all innocent civilians whose lives they saved

      April 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JAZZ

    This is just one story , take as an example of all those men and women.

    April 1, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Blyth McNeil

    Give her a break – The Army's fault – her fault – or whoever's fault. She was a Prisoner of War which is defined by the Geneva Convention as an enemy combatant. She met all of the criteria. The Army went in to retrieve her as they are supposed to do. Mission accomplished. OORAH

    April 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • lms

      Bravo Zulu no one gets left behind

      April 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy Z

      But... Was she a "Prisoner of War" as defined by Cheney/Rumsfield? Did the enemy take a Bible and urinate on it? Or hold barking German Shepards an inch from her face. Or have a man in his underwear shake his booty in his face? Or put a collar on her and walk her around like a dog?

      Ya see, the Geneva convention applies to "war" not the "war on terror."

      April 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Actually BillyZ, they did worse than anything we got busted for, not that it makes it right. Hey, since you love the enemy so much, and think they are such great guys and girls, why don't you go over there and get cozy with them, I'm sure they will treat you just fine as long as you convert.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DisgruntledGrrl

    Fitting this is on April Fool's day considering the original reporter made the entire thing up.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • kingborg

      made up what? geez

      April 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. notsotaken

    U.S. Army propaganda. Read "Where Men Find Glory" for a more accurate description of the events eight years ago. While I fully support the brave men and women in the Armed Services, I think they were and still are tragically mislead and misguided; as are the American people.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • notsotaken

      Excuse me – "Where Men Win Glory"

      April 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Christina333

    She doesn't claim to be a hero, so give her a freakin' break! It was the media that portrayed her that way. She was humble and didn't take credit, so leave her alone! Geez!

    April 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Terri

    I think she's a remarkable young woman and very down to earth. She recognizes that all American soldiers who put themselves in harms way are heroes. It's amazing that she was able to recuperate as well as she has. It's equally amazing that she doesn't have a nasty case of PTSD. She truly is an inspiration and a true American hero.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      WHAT! She doesn't have PTSD. She still receives 100% Service Connected Disability for Life probably $8000 a month . Her & John McClain are the only service veterans captured in warFare that doesn't have PTSD but gets compensated for it/

      April 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lenny

    This was proven to be phoney. Why would CNN start showing this again?

    April 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kufr

    It's very widely known that the "rescue" was a violent PR stunt, and they held off on it until the cameras were ready to roll. It's nothing at all against Pfc. Lynch, but really, nobody should be falling for this BS any more.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSnord

      You said "widely known" - so, prove it.

      April 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DisgruntledGrrl

    REST IN PEACE LORI PIESTEWA. While it was nice that Ty Pennington made a new house for your orphaned children on the Hopi reservation, it speaks volumes how your name is barely heard.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehgann

      That's ridiculous. There are plenty of soldiers who haven't had half the press coverage of Lori Piestwa.

      April 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chumlee

    Me thinks you're not white.

    Yes, I am calling you a liar......and a racist.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Achmed Fubar

    The heroes are the ones who rescued her. All she did was give up.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • brathead

      Shame on you for saying this! How many wars have you fought in? I bet none! People like you should be forced to go into the military. Maybe then you will have some respect for our soldiers.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JAZZ

    @ Chumlee, I really dont care what u think, I am no religion and no race , I am a chid of GODS

    April 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AIRBORNE INFANTRY

    I guess I shouldnt be surprises at the ignorance of Joy Behar followers. @ Eunice...to what other 'brave young women and men that was capture (sic) as well." do you refer? Lynch was the only one that survived thereby the only POW and the FIRST woman POW...so should we be misogynistic as well? The government would have made a big deal out of this rescue regardless of skin color. This was the first ever rescue of a female POW and the only racism being exhibited here is by those of you who are singling her out as pretty and white. This speaks to YOUR character and not Ms Lynch's. WhIle you bon bon eaters sit at home watching the Behars of this world some of us were actually over there.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Terry

    Those who are saying bad things about this young lady and to all the racist remarks you make, you shame everybody that has ever served in our great Military. This young girl was doing her job along with the other young Soldiers in her platoon and you call the race card on her that wrong. America thanks this Hero and all our Military Hero for serving our country. Unless you have ever served in our Military you will never know the passion and dedication these young people have for our country. I have served and am a proud Veteran. As said by Blyth, Mission accomplished.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
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