I. I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of
life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
II. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender
the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
III. 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.
IV. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith in my fellow prisoners. I will give
no information nor 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 back them up in every way.
V. 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 oral or written statements disloyal to my country
or harmful to their cause.
VI. I will never forget I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions,
and dedicated to the principals which made my country free. I will trust in my God
and in the United States of America.
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