HUDSON, JOSEPH NEAL 

Name: Joseph Neal Hudson
Branch/Rank: Army/Spc
Unit: 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, TX
Date of Birth/Age: 23
Home City of Record: Alamogordo, New Mexico
Date of Loss: March 23, 2003
Country of Loss: Iraq
Original Status: Prisoner of War
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground


Other Personnel in Incident:

Killed in action:
Spc. Jamaal R. Addison, 22, of Roswell, Ga.,; Pfc. Howard Johnson II, 21, of Mobile, Ala.

Missing in action:
Master Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, 38, of Cleveland, Ohio; Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto, 18, of El Paso; Spc. James M. Kiehl, 22, of Des Moines, Iowa; Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch, 19, of Palestine, W.Va.; Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, 35, of El Paso; Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, 23, of Tuba City, Ariz.; Pvt. Brandon Ulysses Sloan, 19, of Bedford, Ohio; and Sgt. Donald Ralph Walters, 33, of Salem, Ore. 

Prisoners of war:
Spc. Edgar Adan Hernandez, 21, of Mission, Texas; Spc. Joseph Neal Hudson, 23, of Alamogordo, N.M.; Spc. Shoshana Nyree Johnson, 30, of El Paso; Pfc. Patrick Wayne Miller, 23, of Walter, Kan.; and Sgt. James Joseph Riley, 31, of Pennsauken, N.J.

Four more members of the unit were wounded, but managed to hold off or evade enemy forces until a Marine unit arrived to help evacuate them.

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. April 2003.

Synopsis: A group of about 20 members of the 507th was ambushed near An Nasiriyah, Iraq on the fourth day of battle by civilian-clothed Iraqi forces. The soldiers were supplying the 3rd Infantry Division in its drive to Baghdad in central Iraq when they took a wrong turn. Broadcast pictures showed the convoy with a vehicle that appeared to have its tires shot out. Another was overturned and six more vehicles were destroyed according to media reports.

The 507th, which deployed with the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, is not considered a combat unit, Defense Department officials said. Made up mostly of mechanics, the 507th keeps the diesel tanker trucks rolling, fixes generators and keeps the mechanical parts in good shape.

Hudson was one of the members of the 507th shown on Iraqi television. Hudson's mother, Anecita saw the pictures on a Filipino TV channel before the Army was able to notify family members.

According to wire report, Hudson grew up in a military family and graduated from Alamogordo High in 1998. His father was an Air Force retiree killed in a Florida motorcycle accident in 1991, according to the El Paso Times. Mother and son returned to Alamogordo after the accident because they had lived there when her husband was assigned to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

His wife, Natalie was notified of his capture almost exactly one month after his deployment. They began dating when she was a sophomore at Alamogordo High School. The Hudson's have been married three years and have a 5-year-old daughter.

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By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
 
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2003 ­ DoD officials identified the seven American prisoners of war found in northern Iraq
today as five members of the 507th Maintenance Company and two Apache helicopter pilots.
 
Two of the seven have suffered gunshot wounds but are in good shape, said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
 
Officials woke up President Bush with the good news this morning. He held an impromptu press availability at the
White House. "Today is a great day for the families,  comrades, loved ones of the seven missing in action who are
free," he said.
 
The five soldiers from the 507th are Sgt. James J. Riley, 31, of Pennsauken, N.J.; Spc. Shoshana N. Johnson, 30, of
El Paso, Texas; Spc. Edgar A. Hernandez, 21, of Mission, Texas; Spc. Joseph N. Hudson, 23, of Alamogordo, N.M.; and
Pfc. Patrick W. Miller, 23, of Walter, Kan.
 
The two Apache pilots, Chief Warrant Officers David S. Williams and Ronald D. Young, are members of the 1st
Battalion, 227th Aviation at Fort Hood, Texas.
 
The 507th members had been captured when their convoy took a  wrong turn and was ambushed in Nasiriyah March 23. The
pilots had been captured near Karbala on March 23.
 
Marines moving up for an attack on Tikrit were tipped off to the presence of American POWs by Iraqis, said U.S.
Central Commander chief Army Gen. Tommy Franks on CNN's "Late Edition."
 
The Marines moved into the area and found the soldiers walking along a road near Samarra. They flew the former
POWs to an airfield in southern Iraq and transferred them to a C-130 transport plane. They were then moved to Kuwait
for medical treatment and an intelligence debriefing.
 
Rescued POW Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, now being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., is
also a member of the 507th, which is based in Fort Bliss, Texas. Lynch was rescued from an Iraqi hospital April 2.
 
The president said the United States will keep looking for American service members still missing in Iraq. "We pray
that they too will be safe and free one of these days," he said. But it's just a good way to start off the morning, to
have been notified that seven of our fellow Americans are going to be home here pretty soon in the arms of their
loved ones."
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Last Update: 09/20/2004 11:37:54 AM
By: Associated Press


ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - Former prisoner of war Joseph Hudson has retired from the Army and the Alamogordo man took a medical retirement last week.
Hudson was a corporal with Fort Bliss’ 507th Maintenance Company. The company was ambushed by Iraqi forces on March 23, 2003, near Nasiriyah when it was separated from the convoy in which it was traveling.......
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Memories of slain 507th 'family' haunt former US POW Joseph Hudson

Joseph Hudson remembers every single detail about March 23, 2003 -- and the 22 anxious days that followed.
Nothing was beneath notice or too insignificant.
"The pain is still there," Hudson said from his Northeast El Paso home. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about what happened to our unit."