The first female soldier reported killed in Operation Desert Storm was identified Wednesday as Spec. 4 Christine Mayes, 22, of Rochester Mills, Pa., who got engaged to be married the day she shipped out to Saudi Arabia.
Eleven of the 28 soldiers killed in Monday's Scud attack on a U.S. Army barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, including Mayes, were from two western Pennsylvania reserve units, officials said at a news conference.At Marion Center High Rchool, where Mayes was a 1986 graduate, she was remembered as "a quiet but very nice girl" who participated in softball and was a member of Future Homemakers of America and Future Business Leaders of America, principal Robert Stewart said.
She got engaged to be married on Feb. 17, the day she left for the war.
Gov. Robert P. Casey Wednesday declared a week of mourning for the 11 victims of the Scud attack and two Pennsylvanians killed before the start of the ground war.
"I am ordering the flags on all state buildings to be flown at half-staff during this time," Casey said at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.
The governor said Pennsylvanians "mourn and grieve" and are trying to "fathom the cruel irony of this event." The two units of reservists had been in Saudi Arabia just over a week when the missile struck their barracks compound.
The Army said it was continuing to notify family members of military personnel killed in the attack, which was termed "a warlike, terrorist act" during a briefing at the 14th Quartermaster Detachment in Greensburg.
Ten of the fatalities were reservists with the 14th Quartermaster Detachment and the 11th was assigned to a sister unit, the 326th Quartermaster Detachment based in New Castle, officials said.