The Marshalltown Public Library will host Miyoko Hikiji, author of "All I Could Be: The Story of a Woman Warrior in Iraq," at 6 p.m. May 29 in the library's community meeting rooms.
Hikiji will give a short presentation about the history of women in combat in the United States military as well as talk about her own experience in Iraq. After the program, there will be an opportunity for a question and answer session and for books to be purchased and signed by the author.
Hikiji served as an enlisted soldier in the Army and Iowa National Guard for nearly a decade and spent 400 days deployed in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 with a transportation unit from the Iowa National Guard. While she was in Iraq, Miyoko and her unit completed more than 70 supply convoy, security and raid missions throughout the northwest quadrant of Iraq.
Miyoko Hikiji will be presenting “All I Could Be: The Story of a Woman Warrior in Iraq” at 6 p.m. May 29 at the Marshalltown Public Library.
"All I Could Be" tells Miyoko's story of her deployment to Iraq. She writes about her memoir, "It is my war story ... it is part military history, part personal revelation, part therapy, the stuff of so many war stories that have become a vital part of the great American tradition." Her book will be on sale following the event.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Marshalltown Public Library. Those with questions about the event can contact reference librarian Katie Fink at 641-754-5738 ext. 4 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.