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Former POW Shares Story Of Her Ordeal

  Former Army Specialist and POW Shoshana Johnson was recently in East Texas to talk to students at TJC.

  In 2003, the world watched and waited as Shoshana and six other Americans were captured just days in to the war in Iraq. Luckily, all made it out alive. Johnson sat down with KLTV's Maya Golden to talk about her experience.

  "I'm a soldier who did her job," Shoshana Johnson said, "by the grace of God I came home."

  It's been almost two years since Shoshana Johnson watched as the lives of her comrades were taken and she spent weeks inside an Iraqi prison.

"You're so scared, everyday. It was hard. I really thought, at first I thought I was going to bleed to death."

When her convoy was ambushed, Shoshana took a bullet in her ankle, leading to injuries in both legs. Held captive, in pain, hungry, and frightened, the world watched the video of her interrogation in shock. Thoughts of those days still haunt her even now.

"It's hard," she said. "Sometimes I just want to crawl in a hole and just be by myself and there are times when I go home and I don't leave the house for a couple of days. Just be by myself, but I can't live my life like that."

"I've been able to talk to some of the family members but quite frankly I haven't had the courage to speak to some of the others, because when it comes down to it, I can't give an explanation of why I'm here and why their child is not."

Three weeks after their capture, Shoshana and the six other POW's were greeted by a hero's welcome at home. Shoshana said she wasn't ready for the spotlight then and still isn't now.

"I didn't want to do anything. I didn't want to go anywhere. There was a lot of speculation talking about the difference between me and (Jessica) Lynch and I had to explain to people. I said, 'I stayed home, I tried to keep out of the limelight.'"

Despite all the attention, Shoshana is quick to argue that her idea of a hero isn't the reflection she sees in the mirror.

"I'm not a hero, heroes are those who risked their lives to bring me home."

Johnson said the other six POW's she was with, and former Private Jessica Lynch, will reunite for the first time in May.

Shoshana plans to continue to share her story with students, but hopes she can soon put the ordeal of her capture behind her, and spend time with her family and daughter.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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