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Education degree opens new chapter for Jessica Lynch

Jessica Lynch, shown in a West Virginia Christmas parade last week, spent nine days in captivity in Iraq in 2003. Jessica Lynch, shown in a West Virginia Christmas parade last week, spent nine days in captivity in Iraq in 2003. (Bob Bird/Associated Press)
By Vicki Smith
Associated Press / December 15, 2011
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Jessica Lynch was just 19 when the world first saw her - a broken, blond soldier caught on combat video in Iraq, her face wearing something between a grimace and a grin. The Army supply clerk was being carried on a stretcher after nine days as a prisoner of war. She had been captured along with five others after the 507th Maintenance Company took a wrong turn and came under attack in Nasiriyah on March 23, 2003. Eleven of her fellow soldiers died.

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