American popular and political culture insists on dividing people up into groups- then assigning a separate value to each group.

 

“Megan Malia Leilani McClung was the first female United States Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War. Major McClung was serving as a public affairs officer in Al Anbar Province, Iraq when she was killed. Wikipedia

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Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Nicole Jacobson

“She is also the first female Airman killed in the line of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

 

Lori Piestewa

“Piestewa was the first Native American woman in history to die in combat while serving in the U.S. military and the first woman in the U.S. military killed in the Iraq War.

 

Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen

“Vorderbruggen was the first openly gay American female officer killed in combat.”

 

Army Spc. Sarina N. Butcher

“The Oklahoma National Guard says Butcher is the first female Oklahoma National Guard soldier to be killed during wartime and also is the youngest Guard member to die in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

 

Emily Perez

“Perez was killed in action on September 12, 2006, while leading a convoy through Al Kifl, Iraq, a mission for which she had volunteered. She was the first female African-American officer in US military history to die in combat.”

 

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