Shoshana Johnson, 6 Other POWs Rescued

April 2003
Jet;4/28/2003, Vol. 103 Issue 18, p4
The harrowing ordeal of seven American soldiers held captive in Iraq came to a joyful conclusion when the group was rescued by U.S. forces. Captured after a deadly ambush near Nasiriya, Iraq on March 23, 2003 and the downing of a helicopter outside Baghdad a day later, the POWs spent three agonizing weeks at the hands of their Iraqi captors before Marines found them in a house south of the city of Tikrit. Army Spc. Shoshana Johnson, a 30-year-old cook from Fort Bliss, Texas, and single mother of a 2-year-old daughter, Janelle, was rescued. For Johnson, the lone female of the seven, the dramatic liberation came not a moment too soon. Johnson had been shot by a bullet that pierced both feet, according to Marines who flew the rescued soldiers to safety.


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