Jessica Lynch, captured and held behind enemy lines in 2003, revealed her story in an interview with Joy Behar. The interview was shown on HLN, formerly CNN Headline News.
During much of her captivity she was unconscious, according to Lynch. Because of that, there are still many unanswered questions about her capture and recovery.
Jessica Lynch said she did not deserve to be called a hero. During the ambush in which she was captured, all the other troops in her vehicle were killed. In describing the incident, she said she never fired her M-16 rifle because it had jammed. The other weapons at her unit’s disposal also jammed. When the vehicle crashed she was knocked unconscious.
She awoke in an Iraq hospital with a broken back and a multitude of other broken bones. Many of the injuries she suffered from appear to indicate that she was severely beaten while unconscious from the crash. She has had over 20 surgeries since her rescue.
After being tipped off to her location by an Iraqi civilian, Jessica Lynch was rescued by US troops in a raid on the hospital. She had been held captive for nine days, and became famous as being the first US female Prisoner Of War.
Along with the recovery came stories of her heroic battle against her attackers. However, all along she has denied those reports.
Eleven soldiers died that day in the attack on the convoy. Five others were captured and later recovered.