Sgt. 1st Class Antoinette V. Scott
DC Army National Guard and Operation Iraqi Freedom, US Army
November 11, 1996–November 11, 2004
Location of Service
Antoinette V. Scott was born March 5, 1970, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. She was raised and educated in the District of Columbia and graduated from Dunbar High School. She also attended Margaret Murray Washington Vocational School where she majored in practical nursing, and graduated in the top five in her class.
She began her nursing career in November 1988 at DC General Hospital, where she worked for 12 years. On Veterans Day, November 11, 1996, she joined the DC Army National Guard and served for eight years during her enlistment. On April 9, 2003 she was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On November 14, 2003 Scott was driving a five-ton truck to Baghdad Airport, transporting soldiers who were flying out to new assignments, when the vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. Shrapnel went through the left side of her face, breaking her jaw and a main blood vessel to her brain. Scott managed not only to keep the truck upright and moving, but she was able to get the soldiers to their destination before seeking medical treatment.
“There was no time to think. I just knew I had to move, and move fast," Scott recalled. “I was making sure I had my weapon close and that it wasn’t on safety, plus trying to do a head count to make sure everyone was OK. That’s when I realized I was bleeding.”
Scott, a mother of four daughters ranging in age from 3 to 19, received the first Purple Heart awarded to a woman in the District of Columbia. On October 20, 2005, she was presented with one of the first new memberships in the Women Joining Forces initiative. She is currently working as a financial analyst and enjoys spending time with her husband Donahue Scott and their children.
Antoinette V. Scott, for your dedicated military service during Operation Iraqi Freedom and your public service, the District of Columbia proudly salutes you!