FryzieDelta wrote:From memory all of her squadmates were killed and buried in shallow graves outside the hospital she was held in, and they threatened to amputate her leg. I'd call that mistreatment, but like you said she was better off than her male colleages who were executed.
According to Jessica Lynch herself she wasn't mistreated at all, but there's still a huge amount of misinformation around the case.
Wikipedia wrote:Eleven other soldiers in the company were killed in the ambush and five other soldiers were captured (and later rescued). Her best friend, Lori Piestewa, was seriously wounded in the head and died in an Iraqi civilian hospital, possibly because it was not possible to perform delicate neurosurgery in that hospital under wartime conditions (such as intermittent electrical power).
From what wiki says and what I remember nobody was "executed", her squadmates died in the ambush and she was taken alive because her weapon "jammed", she didn't know how to clear the malfunction and(contrary to the initial story which pegged her as a hero) she supposedly never fired a shot, though the main story i've been told by US military friends is that it was found functional and with the safety still on (she never even tried to fight).
The entire "rescue" was just a pr stunt for the government(the video was staged) and they just walked in and collected her from an entirely civilian occupied hospital, the military was widely known to have vacated the area at least a day before hand.
Iraqi doctors and nurses later interviewed, including Dr. Harith Al-Houssona, a doctor in the Nasirya hospital, described Lynch's injuries as "a broken arm, a broken thigh, and a dislocated ankle". According to Al-Houssona, there was no sign of gunshot or stab wounds, and Lynch's injuries were consistent with those that would be suffered in a car accident, which Lynch verified when she stated that she got hurt when her Humvee flipped and broke her leg. Al-Houssona's account of events was later confirmed in a U.S. Army report leaked on July 10, 2003.
The authorized biography, I Am A Soldier Too: The Jessica Lynch Story, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg states that Lynch had been raped during her captivity, based on medical records and her pattern of injuries.
Lynch does not recall any sexual assault and was "adamantly opposed to including the rape claim in the book", but that Bragg wore her down and told her that "people need to know that this is what can happen to women soldiers"
No rape and there were female doctors, a lot of people were rather pissed off that she just sat on her **** while friendlies returned fire and died while she did nothing and got a bronze star/purple heart.
The fact that she didn't even know how to unsafe her weapon is a prime example of why i think our military needs to revert to treating everyone as an infantryman first, everyone needs to be able to fight.
If I was captured I'd be more worried about working out my location, working out escape plans, and plotting the death of everyone between me and the exit than my possible impending death. But each to their own.
People always say that but it's a pile of macho tv bs, the first thing they do when they take you is beat your **** so bad you can barely move and then chain you naked in a basement somewhere. There's a reason that most western armies have changed their mentality to "never let them take you", that being that if they take you then you mother gets to watch you decapitated on the evening news, nobody escapes.
I actually watched a clip a while ago where RMC were doing their SERE school (or whatever their version is) and the SBS instructor pretty much said "go to ANY lengths to evade capture, nobody we fight has prison camps anymore and that Great Escape mentality just means you get to enjoy having your bollocks cut off on camera".