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POW Freed in Daring Rescue - 2003-04-02


They're planning a big Homecoming party in the small town of Palestine, West Virginia, for Private First Class Jessica Lynch. As David Cohler reports, she is the 19-year-old Army soldier who was freed from Iraqi captivity by U.S. special forces.

GREG LYNCH, FATHER OF FREED POW
"Oh, there's gonna be one big celebration goin' on, and I'm sure everyone will be invited."

Greg Lynch, father of rescued U.S. Army soldier Jessica Lynch, expressing joy at the news of his daughter's liberation. He also thanked her rescuers.

GREG LYNCH, FATHER OF FREED POW
"We are just real proud that they risked their lives to go in and save our daughter and we hope all the rest of the troops come home safely too."

Early Wednesday, U.S. special forces stormed the Saddam Hospital in Nasiriyah where Private Lynch was being held after suffering gunshot wounds. Although the army released nightscope video of the operation, for security reasons U.S. command spokesman Vincent Brooks gave few details:

BRIG. GEN. VINCENT BROOKS, U.S. COMMAND SPOKESMAN, DOHA, QATAR
"It was a classic joint operation done by some of our nation's finest warriors who are dedicated to never leaving a comrade behind."

PFC Lynch was among 15 soldiers who went missing 10 days ago when their supply convoy made a wrong turn and came under Iraqi attack. [The next day some were shown on Iraqi television.] After being freed, Private Lynch was flown to a U.S. military hospital in Germany.

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