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May 15, 2009

Soldier Battles Taliban in Pink Undies

Specialist Zachary Boyd, from the US Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry, takes defensive position at firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province.

Soldier Battles Taliban in Pink Undies

DFW News

A soldier from North Texas is making national headlines and proving that real men do wear pink undies.

An Associated Press photographer captured 19-year-old Army specialist Zachary Boyd fighting off a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan -- in his underwear.

The photo of Boyd, clad in the pink "I *heart* NY" printed boxers ended up on Tuesday's front page of the New York Times.

His mother, who lives in Keller, said her son was sleeping when someone opened fire on his base and he didn't have time to put on his uniform or boots.
Boyd called his parents on Monday to let them know he might be in the paper. His father said that after he logged onto the New York Times' Web site he laughed for the next five minutes.
"I knew he was a boxer guy, I knew that for sure," Tommy Boyd told WBAP. "I did not know they were pink, and I didn't know they said, 'I love New York.'"

Wild Thing's comment..........

LMAO I love it, this is so adorable!!

I LOVE this guys heart, he is 19 years old, loves his country and New York too apparently. And is trying the best he can to be a good soldier.

Gosh our troops ROCK!!!!!!!

Actually I am much more concerned with that red shirt he has on. Like a siren to the terrorists Here I am !

Godspeed Specialist Zachary Boyd!!

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at May 15, 2009 04:55 AM


I have a picture of hubby when he was in Afghanistan after a fire fight. He looked like the cousin in Christmas Vacation "shitter's full". Flack vest, boots, boxers, kevlar and no front teeth and all his weapons. That's what happens when someone wakes you up in the middle of the night! I love this and the guy next to him has his tennis shoes on instead of boots!

Posted by: Jo at May 15, 2009 07:43 AM

That's Americans for you. We'll fight wearing anything, including nothing! We aren't afraid of anything! This is a great picture--pink boxers, tennies with no socks, I love it!!!!!!

Posted by: Lynn at May 15, 2009 08:11 AM

Great picture, our troops ROCK!

Posted by: cuchieddie (DHS suspected terrorist)) at May 15, 2009 09:32 AM

I've been in a bunker with guys wearing nothing but a flak vest and boxers. The important thing is that like Spc Boyd they had their weapon and gear.

God Bless Boyd and his buddies.

Posted by: TomR at May 15, 2009 11:27 AM

God I love our guys!!! I'm so laughing, my wife sent me a pair of shorts in a care package with hearts all over them for Valentines Day, I was thoroughly harassed, but at the time wore no undies. I've reported to the line in much the same condition, clad in a pot and flak jacket without blouse or boots but always with that rifle, the best memory was of an SFC buck naked hauling it for the bunker, rifle in one hand, trying to put his flak jacket on and balance a bouncing steel pot at the same time, we ragged him too about his indecent exposure to the enemy saving us.

Posted by: Jack at May 15, 2009 04:02 PM

Not me out in the field never even took my boots off, that's what I was afraid of getting caught with my trousers down or off. Also never wanted any surprises sleeping in my boots.

But God Bless this Young man more power to him.

Posted by: Mark at May 15, 2009 04:18 PM

Jo, giggle, thank you for sharing about
your husband. I love it! I can visualize
it too since I have seen the movie. haha

Oh my gosh JO, you are right about the
tennis shoes on the guuy next to him. I
never even noticed that. I love it.

Yes our troops are just so awesome.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 15, 2009 06:51 PM

Lynn, great way to say it!! God bless

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 15, 2009 06:53 PM

cuchieddie (DHS suspected terrorist)),
giggle I agree, I think it will be one
of my favorites.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 15, 2009 06:55 PM

Tom, thank you for sharing about that.
heh heh I agree keep the weapons and

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 15, 2009 07:03 PM

Jack,Hahahahaha that is so funny. Thank
you for sharing about that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 15, 2009 07:05 PM

Mark, I can understand how that would be.
One of the Veterans that was a neighbor in
Calilf. would share his stories of looking
for his boots.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 15, 2009 07:11 PM