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P.O.W. speaks to GSW students

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 17, 2008

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Students at a South Georgia College learned about one of the ugliest realities of war. Retired Army specialist and former P.O.W. Joseph Hudson spoke to students at Georgia Southwestern.

The event is part of the state's recognition of prisoners of war and those missing in action. In March 2003, Hudson spent 22 days in an Iraqi prison when he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He says the experience completely changed his outlook of life.

"It was a nightmare. It was a nightmare, but 22 days of being a P.O.W. will make you appreciate the small things in life. And that is what I learned how to do, appreciate the small things in life. And I take life a little bit slower and appreciate it," said Hudson.

It's estimated 18,000 Georgians have been prisoners of war. 2,600 of them died in captivity. 14,000 were never found.

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