All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq [NOOK Book]

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This inaugural account, during the onset of the Global War on Terrorism, by a female National Guard soldier provides evidence of the vitality of female fighters.

It pays tribute to the two soldiers in her unit that lost their lives, and shows how love can be more vital in the desert than in water. This story exposes the comradeship, intimacy, cowardice and humor of soldiers ...
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All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq

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Overview

This inaugural account, during the onset of the Global War on Terrorism, by a female National Guard soldier provides evidence of the vitality of female fighters.

It pays tribute to the two soldiers in her unit that lost their lives, and shows how love can be more vital in the desert than in water. This story exposes the comradeship, intimacy, cowardice and humor of soldiers living in physical and emotional grit.

Through the candid telling of her encounters with battle buddies, the Iraqi people and enemy prisoners of war, Hikiji adds the timely, unexpected and fresh perspective about the Iraq war that readers are thirsting for.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933909868
  • Publisher: History Publishing Company, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 945,543
  • File size: 657 KB

Meet the Author

Miyoko Hikiji served as an enlisted soldier in the Army and Iowa Army National Guard for nearly a decade, spending 400 days deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003—2004. Her job duties included truck driver, unit correspondent and administrative sergeant. During the deployment she spent over 70 days running supply convoy, security and raid missions throughout the northwest quadrant of Iraq. Simultaneously, Miyoko wrote a company newsletter, contributed to her support squadron’s newsletter, wrote articles for a hometown newspaper and updates for the unit’s family support group in Iowa. Upon her return from Iraq, Miyoko wrote her company’s deployment history for the archives at the Gold Star Museum on Camp Dodge — the Iowa Army and Air National Guard State Headquarters.
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  • Posted August 20, 2013

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    ALL I COULD BE: MY STORY AS A WOMAN WARRIOR IN IRAQ by Miyoko Hi

    ALL I COULD BE: MY STORY AS A WOMAN WARRIOR IN IRAQ by Miyoko Hikiji is a compelling Memoir/Woman & Military/ Policitics & Government for the 21st century. What a intense,compelling war story of Miyoko Hikiji,her struggles,her sacrifice,and her triumphs. Written in first person of course,it is part history,part her personal revelation and part therapy for her. She was deplored to Iraq in 2003-2004 with the 2133rd Transportation Company with 150 members. She is an Asian-American,a warrior and an amazing author. Well written with intensity,emotional,thought- provoking,and artfully done to share her story with readers everything. The truth about wartime,sacrifice,life and love on and off the battlefield. A powerful story!! If you only read one Military story this year,let it be Ms. Hikiji's memoir. What a compelling tribute to the women who serve their country boldly,bravely,and honorable. I would highly recommend this title especially if you enjoy military stories,fast based stories,memoirs and a great read! Received for an honest review from the publicist and/or author.
    RATING: 4.5
    HEAT RATING: MILD
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    This a unique view from a woman's perspective about her time in

    This a unique view from a woman's perspective about her time in the sand. It raises several important issues concerning women in combat zones. Civilians and military alike can relate to the double standards placed on women and also the thread of romance, a normal part of life, that occurs in this story in an unusual set of circumstances. Even though I was deployed to the same place in Iraq during that same time, I found sections of the book enlightening while it brought back familiar memories. She dares to talk openly about sex (I assure you, in combat men and women are not too tired to have sex; seems the desire is heightened) but in a relationship that is positive which is not something we hear about in the news much these days. It's a war story, a love story that is happy and sad and most definitely real. I highly recommend this book to any reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Many months ago I read the 43 page excerpt for this book. I cou

    Many months ago I read the 43 page excerpt for this book. I coudln't put it down, I was so drawn in that once I got to that final page I wanted more. Miyoko has done an excellent job pulling you into her story in a way that you feel as if you are standing right beside her. This book is a must read!!

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