Ladda was born in Bangkok

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Ladda was born in Bangkok, Thailand back in 1968 to Franklin and Lami. Her father a U.S. Marine died in 2005. She attended Singapore American School and at the International School in Bangkok. The family moved to Hawaii where she graduated from McKinley High School and the University of Hawaii in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

She joined the United States Army Reserve in 1992 and flew helicopters. She was working on her Ph.D. at Northern Illinois University when she was deployed to Iraq in 2004. During a mission, she was co-piloting a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Resulting, in the loss of her right leg near the hip and her left leg below the knee. She was the first female double amputee from the Iraq war.

She received the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. Retired from the Illinois Army National Guard in 2014 as a lieutenant colonel. So now the rest of the story. You may not know but I’m writing about Ladda Tammy Duckworth she is an American member of the Democratic Party serving this great country as a junior United States Senator from Illinois. She is also the first Asian American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the first member of Congress born in Thailand. Don’t know about you but my hats off to her. What say you?

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Thought you were moving in Tammy's direction. A fine military career. Can't say the same for her politics! Enjoy your day!

Mar 13, 2017 05:06 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... my hat of off to Ladda, as well. A true heroine, if you ask me and a role model for young women (except for her politics!).

Mar 13, 2017 05:10 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I had this one figured out before the answer and she is quite the lady and honors the country with her service.

Mar 13, 2017 05:20 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great way to start the week with this story.  My hat is off to this accomplished lady also.  A

Mar 13, 2017 06:01 AM #4
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I don't normally agree with her politics, either. However, you have got to watch this video of her dressing down a man that has abused the disability rating system. Nina Hollander , you should like this!

Mar 13, 2017 06:04 AM #5
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Still serving her country, just in different capacities. 

Mar 13, 2017 06:32 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Politics aside ...those who protect and serve our country, cities, knowing they get up every day and it could be their last are heroes in my eyes.  Tammy is a hero for her service to our country. She has my utmost respect because of that. 

Mar 13, 2017 06:48 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A lot of firsts and commendations!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 13, 2017 07:30 AM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's a pretty impressive story, James! Thank you for sharing this with us!


Mar 13, 2017 07:56 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

An amazing lady and as many said a good way to start the week.

Mar 13, 2017 09:28 AM #10
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Thank you for bringing this fine example of heroism and citizenship to our attention.

Mar 13, 2017 11:20 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- hats off to this remarkable woman.  And cheers to all of our men and women who serve or have served our country. 

Mar 14, 2017 03:54 PM #12
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Amazing the work and contribution of men and women who have come to Planet Earth.  Seems some of them are on a special mission, James. One of my daughters attended McKinley High School at the same time as Ladda Tammy Duckworth. And both my daughter and I attended University of Hawaii same years as she.

Mar 19, 2017 07:58 PM #13
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