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AP Photo/Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky

Former POW Jessica Lynch, right, and a Florida Gator Bowl mascot pose for a photo Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, in Jacksonville, Fla. Lynch's appearance in the Gator Bowl parade on Wednesday surprised many in the crowd, including some West Virginia football fans who got their first personal glimpse of their home-state hero. West Virginia takes on Maryland in the Gator Bowl on Thursday.

Gallery: Jessica Lynch through the years

Apr. 01, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

Pfc. Jessica Lynch, orginally from Wirt County, W.Va., was rescued from Iraqi capture on April 1, 2003. Lynch gained national attention after her rescue and is now a teacher, student and motivational speaker.

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