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The Code of Conduct

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Every Military Member is Required to Memorize This Code During Their Basic Training.

The Code of Conduct was put into effect after Korea when numerous POWs had collaborated with the enemy.
I

    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.

II

    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.

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 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.

V

    When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am bound to give only 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 and its allies or harmful to their cause.

VI

    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.

 

I have received some letters from some of you that have read this page about that fact that the Code of Conduct has been updated to make it gender neutral. But since this site was set up to reflect the POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War it will remain the way it was written at that time, in respect for the servicemen still missing in action. I apologize if this in anyway offends our female Veterans which at the time were not recognized even though they too suffered. I will how ever add a page with the updated Code as soon as I find it.

 

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Thanks to Ron Fleischer.

 

"All Biographical and loss information on POWs provided by Operation Just Cause have been supplied by Chuck and Mary Schantag of POWNET. Please check with POWNET regularly for updates."

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