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I am an American fighting man.
 I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life.
I am prepared to give my life in their defense.


I will never surrender of my own free will.
If in command I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist.


If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available.
I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape.
I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.


If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners.
I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades.
If I am senior, I will take command. If not I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me

and will back them up in every way.


When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war,
I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth.
I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability.
I will make no written statements disloyal to my country and its allies

or harmful to their cause.


I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions,

and dedicated to the principles which made my country free.
I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.