Defense Secretary Praises Soldier In Pink Boxers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has nothing but praise for a soldier who defended his post in pink underwear.

Gates talked about Specialist Zachary Boyd last night in New York.

Boyd was sleeping at his post in eastern Afghanistan when he was awakened by enemy fire. As Gates described it, Boyd "grabbed his rifle and rushed into a defensive position clad in his helmet, body armor, and pink boxer shorts that said 'I Love New York.'"

The world found out about this because an Associated Press photographer was there, and The New York Times put the photo on its front page.

Boyd later told his parents he might get fired, but Gates says the soldier's job is safe.

In Gates' words: "Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage."

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