Marine Corps Sgt. Jeannette L. Winters, 25, of Gary, Indiana.
Assigned to Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352, based at Marine Corps, Air Station Miramar Calif.; killed in a refueling tanker crash, on Jan. 9, 2002 in Pakistan.
Sgt. Jeannette L. Winters, 25, a Gary native, was a radio operator on a refueling airplane that crashed Jan. 9, 2002, in Pakistan.
Lt. Gov. Joe Kernan called Winters an "an extraordinary daughter of Indiana ... the first woman in the 226-year history of the U.S. Marine Corps to be killed in action. Her service and sacrifice has made all our lives better," he
said. "She'll be remembered as a great Hoosier, great Marine, and a great
Lt. Col. R.H. Taplin, commanding officer of Air Station Miramar, said her
dying in war wasn't in vain: "We will prevail. Our cause is just."
U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh's spokeswoman said he ordered a flag flown over the
Capitol during the funeral and entered a citation commending her into official
The Rev. David Walton of Gary called Winters "a freedom fighter" who
Miramar Marine Sgt. Natalie Trackle, 22, said, "It's been difficult. She was a great friend."
Winters' four brothers -- Matt, Don, Chris and John -- stood at the podium
and together gave a heartfelt farewell:
"Goodbye, Baby Sister."