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Your Daily Dose of Whimsy

May 22, 2009

Okay less daily and more… sporadic. Today your whimsy comes from Specialist Zachery Boyd, fighting the good fight in pink boxers and black flip flops.

From Yahoo News:


Soldiers from the U.S. Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry take defensive positions at firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province on Monday May 11, 2009. Spc. Zachery Boyd of Fort Worth, TX, far left was wearing ‘I love NY’ boxer shorts after rushing from his sleeping quarters to join his fellow platoon members. From far right is Spc. Cecil Montgomery of Many, LA and Jordan Custer of Spokan, WA, center.

When you’re fighting terrorists, the best way to slap ’em in the face is clearly by wearing pink I Love NY boxers. Boyd and his platoon members rushed from their sleeping quarters after their unit came under fire from the opposition. Wakes you up better than coffee, I’ll bet!

After finding out that the photo had made it onto the front page of the NY Times, Boyd was worried that he’d lose his job if President Obama saw him fighting out of his uniform. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has commented that Boyd’s job is safe, and that he wants to meet the soldier and shake his hand.”

Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage,” Gates said in remarks prepared for a speech in New York.

I can appreciate anyone who knows how to dress comfortably under stress. Good going, Zachery!

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