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First Black Woman Prisoner of War Speaks Out

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Meet an American hero whose name you might not know. While other prisoners of war like Senator John McCain and Jessica Lynch are heralded for their bravery, countless others remain relegated to the background. Tales of their heroism don't fit neatly into the traditional American narrative of service and sacrifice.

Few know the story of the first black woman POW. Shoshana Johnson was captured in Iraq and held for 22 days, yet Jessica Lynch, who was held for a comparatively few nine days, became the face of POWs during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Johnson wrote a book to tell her side of the story called, I'm Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen--My Journey Home.

She further explained her experience on the Today show back in 2010. Watch the interview below.
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