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POW Shoshana Johnson signs book deal

She spent 22 days in captivity after being captured in Iraq
/ Source: The Associated Press

Former Iraq prisoner of war Shoshana Johnson has signed a deal to write a book about her life and 22 days of captivity after she and five other members of her Fort Bliss unit were captured early in the war.

Johnson was captured along with then-Pfc. Jessica Lynch and three other soldiers in the March 23, 2003, ambush that killed nine members of her unit. She suffered injuries to her feet in the attack and has since left the Army with a medical discharge.

Reached at her El Paso home Thursday, Johnson told The Associated Press that the book will detail her side of the experience, something she hasn’t felt comfortable talking about until now. She also plans to write about some of her fallen comrades in the book, titled “One Wrong Turn.”

“They were more than just names or numbers, they were people,” said Johnson, a former U.S. Army specialist with the Fort Bliss-based 507th Maintenance Co.

Johnson said she also wants to give credit to the Marines who found her and her fellow soldiers.

“They never got the credit they deserved for what they did,” Johnson said.

A spokeswoman for Dafina Books said Johnson’s tale, written with Paul T. Brown, is scheduled for release next May.