Iraq war hero Shoshana Johnson honored by CBC

Browne, J. Zamgba
June 2003
New York Amsterdam News;6/19/2003, Vol. 94 Issue 25, p4
Former prisoner of war U.S. Army Specialist Shoshana Johnson was honored by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for displaying bravery and heroism during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Johnson was the first African-American woman held as a prisoner of war and "embodies the qualities that best exemplify the men and women in the military," according to CBC Chairperson Representative Elijah E. Cummings. Cummings noted that Johnson made a tremendous sacrifice in order to save the U.S. He highlighted the fact that within days after the war started she was shot in both ankles and then held captive. U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel, who drafted the resolution that was presented to Johnson, noted that when the nation was attacked on September 11, 2001, everyone agreed on the need to come to its defense regardless of political affiliation, and that is precisely what Johnson represents, "the dedication to the highest ideals of patriotism and military services," said Rangel. Johnson joined the U.S. Army as a chef and served the nation by preparing meals for those on duty. Despite the accolades conferred upon her, Johnson said she was highly honored but underscored that she did not consider herself a hero. A mother of a 2-year-old daughter, Johnson answered the call to service in February 2002 and was deployed to the Persian Gulf.


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