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POW's mother tearfully awaits son's return

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Anecita Hudson's son was captured Sunday by Iraqi forces.

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CNN's Aaron Brown talked to the mother of Spc. Joseph Hudson who was one of the U.S. soldiers taken prisoner in southern Iraq (March 24)
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(CNN) -- Army officials said Sunday that about 10 soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company, based at Fort Bliss, Texas, are unaccounted for after an encounter with Iraqi forces during maneuvers with the 3rd Infantry Division in southern Iraq. The Arabic-language Al-Jazeera network broadcast pictures that Iraqi television, which shot the video, said showed five captured U.S. soldiers; the bodies of four more soldiers with gunshot wounds to the head were also shown.

Spc. Joseph Hudson was one of the soldiers captured. His mother, Anecita Hudson, learned of her son's capture from a Filipino satellite television broadcast, and later from the Pentagon.

She talked with CNN anchor Aaron Brown about her son from her home in New Mexico.

BROWN: Tell us about your son.

HUDSON: He's a really good son and a good husband, and I know he misses us, and we miss him.

BROWN: He has a young child, does he not?

HUDSON: He [has] got a young child, 5 years old.

BROWN: You have now been contacted formally by the Army? What were they able to tell you?

HUDSON: No, sir. I have not been contacted from the Army. But my daughter-in-law [has], and she was in [a] briefing today in Fort Bliss.

BROWN: What were they able to say?

HUDSON: According to her, that they briefed her, that Joe is going to be okay. And they're going to try to get him out of there, where he is right now.

BROWN: When did you last see or talk to him?

HUDSON: When I saw him today, the individual [on] the Filipino channel. I was so shocked. And I was very confused, and I start crying.

BROWN: Mrs. Hudson, before today, when was the last time you saw Joseph?

HUDSON: Three weeks ago, before he got deployed.

BROWN: When you saw him today and heard his voice, did he seem to sound OK?

HUDSON: He looks OK, but I can see his face that he is confused and scared. He's very scared. That's why I start crying, because he looks so scared.

BROWN: I appreciate your willingness to give us a much better window into who your son is.

I know that not only are you dealing with this, but also you are waiting and hoping for a kidney donation. There's a lot going on in your life, and it must be a most difficult time.

Is there anything you would like to say to us, to all of the people watching, about your son or anything else?

HUDSON: I just would like to [say to] the president of the United States of America, that will do something about it, to save my son. And I want him to come home.


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