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Shoshana Johnson        

First African American Woman POW in U.S. War History

Shoshana Johnson is a Panamanian-born former United States soldier, and the first black female prisoner of war in the military history of the United States. Johnson was a Specialist of the U.S. Army 507th Maintenance Company, 5/52 ADA BN, 11th ADA Brigade. During the Battle of Nasiriyah, she suffered bullet wounds to both of her ankles and was captured by Iraqi forces. She was held prisoner in Iraq for 22 days along with five other members of her unit. She was freed in a rescue mission conducted by United States Marine Corps units on April 13, 2003.

Since her return to the United States, Specialist Johnson has received numerous awards, and recognition for her courage, valor, and service to the United States.

Johnson has penned a memoir about her experience entitled "I’m Still Standing: From Captured Soldier to Free Citizen-My Journey Home". The biography was nominated for a NAACP Image Award and is a national bestseller.

Speech Topics


I'm Still Standing

Freedom Isn't Free

A POW's Untold Story

Heroism Has No Color

POW'rful Woman

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