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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
January 09, 2002

When he saw the faces of the four Marines on the doorstep of his Gary, Indiana, home Matthew Winters. braced for the worst. " I thought it was about my son, " says Winters, 55, referring to Matthew Jr., a sergeant who was stationed in Yuma, Arizona, and could have been deployed to Afghanistan. But the honor guard's grim news concerned another of his children. Sergeant Jeanette L. Winters, 25, a radio operator who was usually far from combat, was one of the seven Marines who perished January 9, 2002, when their plane crashed in southwestern Pakistan - and the first U.S. servicewoman to die in the war on terrorism. " She was my daughter," says the elder Winters, blinking back tears. " It hurt so bad."

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