Monica Lin Brown

Monica Lin Brown (born May 24, 1988) is a United States Army medic who became the first woman during War in Afghanistan and only the second woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the United States’ third-highest medal for valor.

In April 2007, after a roadside bomb detonated near a convoy of Humvees in the eastern Paktia Province of Afghanistan, Brown saved the lives of fellow soldiers by running through insurgent gunfire to reach the wounded and then using her body to shield them while mortar rounds fell nearby. Because women were not formally allowed to participate directly in combat at the time, Brown was pulled back to the base at Khost shortly after the incident.

She was presented with the Silver Star by Vice President Dick Cheney in a ceremony on March 21, 2008.