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Her Story: Shoshana Johnson Prisoner of War

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ANDERSONVILLE, Ga. -

Friday, in and around Andersonville, ceremonies have taken place all day to honor former prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Starting around 9:30 am people all around the area began tributes to former POWs and the families of those MIA. A ceremony on Georgia Southwestern's campus hosted around 400 people.

Here is the story of one former prisoner of war who was captured 10 years ago.

It was March 23, 2003, just 3 days into Shoshana Johnson's tour in Iraq. She was a cook in the army and said she joined as a way to pay for culinary school. She could never imagine that her convoy would get ambushed killing 11 people in her company. Johnson shares her experience.

"It was terrifying when this ambush occurred and you suddenly find yourself in enemy hands," said Johnson. She and 4 others in her company were in the hands of the enemy for 22 days, but she said it felt like a lifetime. They were rescued the morning of April 13th by the U.S. Marines.

Johnson shares her thoughts on POW/MIA recognition day.

"When I think of this day. I think it's more of honoring those that came before me who endured years of captivity in order for me to live the life I live right now," said Johnson.

She has a daughter and is pursing a degree in Multidisciplinary studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.

"Some days are good, some days are bad because I do suffer from PTSD, but I seek help. I seek counseling and I have a wonderful family who supports me no matter what," said Johnson.

When she was returning home from Iraq, family was all that was on her mind.

"When everything is said and done, I was just so happy to be alive and come home and see my family," said Johnson.

She is the first black woman in United States history to be held as a prisoner of war, but she said she is just a regular person trying to raise her daughter, pay her mortgage and live her life.

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