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All I Could Be--My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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...more
Paperback, first, 264 pages
Published May 2013 by History Publishing Co LLC
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This absorbing and powerful memoir from Miyoko Hikiji tells of her year-long deployment in Iraq in 2003-04 with the 2133rd Transportation Company of the Iowa Army National Guard. Candid and honest, she recounts the dangers and difficulties of being a soldier in such a dangerous place as well as the added difficulties of being a female in a predominantly male environment. Although her task was to transport supplies, troops and enemy prisoners, she was as vulnerable to attack as any combat soldier...more
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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...more
Miyoko Hikiji's memoir on her time in Iraq as a woman warrior, is as illuminating as it is frank. In athletic prose dotted with poetic language and images, Hikiji is unafraid to explore the depths of the confusion and weight that is war and womanhood. She does not shy away from details that may shock some readers, yet chronicles these events with grace and gentleness.

As a pacifist-feminist, I worried at first how I might receive this book. Knowing of the sexual abuse present in the US military,...more
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Most gave this a 4 and I was tempted, but I enjoyed reading the book so much that I did not want to give it less stars just because there were a few writing problems. One of those problems was that sometimes the narrative would suddenly jump without transition. I would have preferred a segue or explanation. So if you are the type who thinks that a book must be excellently written to be an excellent read you might have some issues.

This is an Iowa author's description of her involvement in the Iow...more
Wonderful story! It really opened my eyes to what it would be like to be a female in the National Guard and be deployed overseas. Very well written. This book was free through Goodreads Firstreads contest. Thank you very much, Miyoko Hikiji! I would highly recommend it to others.
Great story of a female veteran's experience in Iraq, left me wanting to know what was next, but the transitions from one subject to the next were confusing. This could easily be fixed by placing some spaces between ending paragraphs.
Not great writing but a great story. I found her experiences very enlightening.
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Miyoko joined the active duty Army in 1995 and served three years as a supply clerk at military bases in Louisiana and Texas before returning to her home state of Iowa where she attended Iowa State University. While studying journalism and mass communication and psychology, she continued to serve part-time with the Iowa Army National Guard as a supply clerk and truck driver. She deployed to Iraq f...more
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