- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 25, 2003

From combined dispatches
The half brother of a Kansas soldier held captive in Iraq said he wants the United States to finish the war "as fast as possible" so his sibling can come home.
The family of Pfc. Patrick Miller, 23, said he was one of five prisoners of war seen Sunday answering questions on Iraqi television.
The soldier's half brother, Thomas Hershberger, 27, said his mother spoke to Pfc. Miller's wife Sunday. She had received confirmation from the military that Pfc. Miller was being held by the Iraqis, he said.
"She is not doing the best right now," he said of his mother, who lives in New Mexico. "I haven't had a conversation with her without her crying."
The mother of another captured soldier offered a plea to President Bush on Sunday. "Please do something for my son," Anecita Hudson said of Army Spc. Joseph Hudson, 23, of Alamogordo, N.M.
Mrs. Hudson told reporters that she had seen images of her captured son on a Philippine channel to which she subscribes.
"I was so shocked to see my son being interviewed. All I did was I scream and start crying," she said.
Spc. Hudson was seen telling his Iraqi captors: "Specialist Joseph Hudson 58565. I follow orders."
Jean Offutt, a spokeswoman for Fort Bliss in Texas, said 10 or more of those who were missing Sunday were with the 507th Maintenance Company, which deployed last month with the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade. The 507th is not considered a combat unit, officials said.
Pentagon officials said members of the 507th were captured when the unit turned the wrong way in the Iraqi town of Al Nasiriyah and was ambushed.
Also among those captured from the 507th were two women, Spc. Shoshwna Johnson, 30, from Texas, and Pfc. Jessica Lynch, 19, of West Virginia.
Spc. Johnson is a single mother and the daughter of a military man, relatives said. She grew up near the 507th's base in Fort Bliss.
"I can't imagine what she's going through," said her cousin, Tracy Thorn. "I can't begin to imagine what she's feeling. She looks scared."
But while Spc. Johnson and other captives were shown on Iraqi TV, Pfc. Lynch was not
The native of Palestine, W.Va., worked as a supply clerk with the 507th Maintenance Co., said her father, Greg Lynch.
"We saw it on TV and kind of suspected," Mr. Lynch said. "I just want them to bring her back safely her and all the rest of the kids."
Palestine is a farming community in sparsely populated Wirt County, which had a 15 percent unemployment rate in January one of West Virginia's highest. The lack of opportunity and the military service of her older brother led Jessica into the Army, her father said. "The Army offered a good deal," Mr. Lynch said.
In addition to the prisoners of war, the Pentagon has released the name of eight U.S. troops killed in action in Iraq.
Four Marines were killed Friday in a helicopter crash in Kuwait: Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, 30, of Bloomington, Ill; Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy, 25, of Houston; Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Waters-Bey, 29, of Baltimore; and Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin, 36, of Waterville, Maine.
Two Marines were killed in combat Friday: 2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, of Harrison County, Miss.; and Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 22, of Los Angeles.
Navy Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, 27, of La Mesa, Calif., was killed Saturday in a helicopter collision. Army Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert, 27, was killed in a grenade attack in camp in Kuwait.

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