Sgt. Cheryl Lebeau O’Brien: October 14, 1966 – February 27, 1991. Cheryl O’Brien was the first woman in the 1st Infantry Division killed-in-action. On February 27, 1991, she volunteered to be a door-gunner on a Blackhawk transporting the remains of fallen soldiers. During the mission her helicopter was shot down by Iraqi forces - 2 hours after the cease fire was declared. Cheryl, along with the other nine people onboard, died in the crash.
Over a five-month period, U.S. forces used drones and other aircraft to kill 155 people in northeastern Afghanistan. They achieved 19 jackpots. Along the way, they killed at least 136 other people, all of whom were classified as EKIA, or enemies killed in action
Maj. Megan McClung // I Marine Expeditionary Force // KIA December 2006 // Ramadi, Iraq. // She was the first female United States Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War. // She was also the first female graduate of the United States Naval Academy to be killed in action since the school was founded in 1845.
Captain Goddard “Canada’s first female Canadian combat soldier to be killed in combat.” It’s a tragic way to be remembered, albeit true. She is the first Canadian woman to be killed in action since the Second World War, and the first female combat soldier killed on the front lines.
George Watson was a private in the United States Army who was killed in action during World War II. He was one of seven African American soldiers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during World War II, and the only one of the seven to earn his medal while serving in the Pacific Theater.