I am an American, fighting in the armed forces
which guard my country and our way of life.
I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
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 aid others to escape.
I will accept neither parole nor special favors
from the enemy.
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 the lawful orders of those
appointed over me and will back them up 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
will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my
country and its allies or harmful to their cause.
I will never forget that I am an American,
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