N.M. Woman Says She Is Mother of POW
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ A New Mexico woman said Sunday she saw her son interviewed on Iraqi television as one of the U.S. soldiers taken prisoner, and she prays fellow soldiers ``will get him out of there.″
Anecita Hudson of Alamogordo said she saw her 23-year-old son, Army Spc. Joseph Hudson, who was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, interviewed in the Iraqi video, which was carried on a Filipino television station she subscribes to.
``He’s been captured. They interviewed my son live from Iraq,″ Mrs. Hudson, who is of Filipino ancestry, said in a telephone interview.
``From my point of view, he looked so scared,″ she said.
Mrs. Hudson said her son identified himself on the video but didn’t give any more information. She said he appeared to be uninjured, unlike some of the others in the video.
U.S. military officials did not immediately release identities of any of the soldiers, who Iraqi television reported were captured or killed in an ambush near Nasiriyah, a major crossing point over the Euphrates northwest of Basra.
However, Sen. Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico, said Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld had told him to ``assure the family, including Mrs. Hudson, that we are doing everything possible to assure his safety and speedy return. He complimented the young military people, including Joseph, as being well-trained, extremely patriotic and great volunteers.″
Jean Offutt, a U.S. Army spokeswoman at Fort Bliss, confirmed that some of the prisoners had been stationed at her base.
Mrs. Hudson said her son’s wife was meeting with military officials Sunday at Fort Bliss, about 90 miles south of Alamogordo.
She said she and her son moved to Alamogordo after his father _ an Air Force retiree _ was killed in a Florida motorcycle accident in 1991. The family had lived in Alamogordo previously when her husband was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, she said.
A 1998 graduate of Alamogordo High School, Joseph Hudson did weight training at the school and liked to go bowling, his mother said.
``I’m just praying that the other people (in the military) will get him out of there,″ she said.
Rick Arias, basketball coach and driver education instructor at Alamogordo High, said he remembers Hudson as a ``typical high school kid, a really good kid who took care of business in the classroom, a good student.″
Track coach Joe Bryant said Hudson had a good idea of what he wanted to do while in high school. ``In 30 years I’ve been involved with a lot of kids,″ he said. ``You really look for the kids that kind of brighten your day, and he’s one.″
Two of the other prisoners interviewed said they were with the 507th Maintenance, part of the 111th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, which is stationed at Fort Bliss.