Former Iraqi POW to Speak at WSU

OGDEN, Utah – U.S. Army Specialist Shoshana Johnson, the first African-American woman to be held as a prisoner of war, will speak at Weber State University, noon, Sept. 1 in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.

In March 2003, Johnson and Jessica Lynch were two of five soldiers taken prisoner following an ambush of their convoy while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the ambush, Johnson suffered a bullet wound to her ankle and injuries to both legs.

Johnson and her fellow POWs were rescued by U.S. Marines on April 13, following three weeks in captivity. Their capture and recovery received worldwide media attention.

The second-generation army veteran retired from the military in December 2003 on a temporary disability honorable discharge. Johnson's awards and decorations include the National Defense Ribbon, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal and the Prisoner of War Medal.

Johnson's appearance is the first in the 2004-05 convocation lecture series at WSU. The event is free to the public.

Nikki Nicholas, student programs coordinator
801-626-6349 ·

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 ·