“I’ve seen a lot of grown men who didn’t have the courage and weren’t able to handle themselves under fire like she did.”
On April 25, 2007, Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown was travelling in a five-vehicle convoy through Afghanistan’s Paktia Province.
Brown did not typically go on patrols like this. “Our regular medic was on leave at the time,” a fellow soldier explained to the American Forces Press Services. “We had other medics to choose from, but Brown had shown us that she was more technically proficient than any of her peers.” At just 19 years of age, Brown filled in as the convoy’s medic.