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
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.
If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means
available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to
escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the
If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with 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 lawful orders of those appointed
over me and will back them in every way.
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 its
allies or harmful to their cause.
I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for
freedom, 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.