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
Senate records.
    The Rev. David Walton of Gary called Winters "a freedom fighter" who
furthered democracy.
    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."
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