Emily Jazmin Tatum was born in Heidelberg, West Germany back in 1983. She graduated from Oxon High School in Maryland, ranking among the top-10 students in her class. After graduation, she entered the United States Military Academy at West Point. Following graduation in 2005 she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, assigned to the 204th Support Battalion, end Brigade, 4th Infantry Division of the United States Army.
She was leading a convoy through Al Klfl, Iraq when she was killed in action by a homemade IUD. She was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Hear, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge posthumously.
What you may not know about Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez is that she was the first highest-ranking African-American female cadet in the history of West Point. She was also the first female African-American officer to die in combat, she was only 23. Until tomorrow please keep those who serve in your thoughts and prayers.