Shoshana Johnson, First Black Female POW, Takes a Quiet Moment

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Johnson, a member of the El Paso-based 507th Maintenance Company, was captured and shot during the US Iraq invasion on March 23, 2003. In this picture, taken three months later, the First United Christian Church in Los Angeles honors her.

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So many of these firsts - first woman, first POC - are causes for celebration, and for wishing that we didn't have to count them at all... it's too easy to forget that some firsts mark sharing experiences that no one should have at all.