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Lynch Shifts Focus to the "Real" Heroes
Comrades Piestewa, Dowdy, Miller, Walters and Brother/Soldier Greg
04/24/2007 2:59 PM ET
UNDATED: This undated family photo shows U.S. Private First Class Lori Piestewa, of Tuba City, Arizona, from the 507th Maintenance Company, died of injuries suffered in an ambush near Nasiriyah in Iraq March 25, 2003.
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UNDATED: This undated family photo shows U.S. Private First Class Lori Piestewa, of Tuba City, Arizona, from the 507th Maintenance Company, died of injuries suffered in an ambush near Nasiriyah in Iraq March 25, 2003.

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I have repeatedly said, when asked, that if the stories about me helped inspire our troops and rally a nation, then perhaps there was some good. However, I am still confused as to why they chose to lie and tried to make me a legend when the real heroics of my fellow soldiers that day were, in fact, legendary. People like Lori Piestewa and First Sergeant Dowdy who picked up fellow soldiers in harms way. Or people like Patrick Miller and Sergeant Donald Walters who actually fought until the very end.

The bottom line is the American people are capable of determining their own ideals for heroes and they don’t need to be told elaborate tales.

My hero is my brother Greg who continues to serve this country today. My hero is my friend Lori who died in Iraq but set an example for a generation of Hopi and Native American women and little girls everywhere about the important contributions just one soldier can make in the fight for freedom. My hero is every American who says, my country needs me and answers the call to fight.

I had the good fortune and opportunity to come home and I told the truth. Many other soldiers, like Pat Tillman, do not have the opportunity.

The truth of war is not always easy to hear but it always more heroic than the hype.
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