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Friday, May 22, 2009

Patriotic in Pink

While on combat duty in Afghanistan this week, Army Specialist Zachary Boyd, 19, of Fort Worth, has made front page news, and he will never live it down. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Boyd, a 2007 graduate of Keller Central High School, was in his sleeping quarters this week when the Taliban attacked in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Boyd rushed to a defensive position clad in his helmet, vest and boxers -- the pink ones decorated with the "I Love NY" slogan.

As luck would have it, an Associated Press photographer was working at Firebase Restrepo in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, where Boyd is stationed.

His boxers ended up in newspapers nationwide -- including Tuesday's Star-Telegram -- and on the front page of the [New York] Times.

His mother was surprised to see that her son was in the Times, but she was not surprised that he was wearing unusual skivvies.

"It was typical," she said. "He has always been an interesting little character."
Mom should have stopped right there, but she babbled on:
"But he has always been one to run around in his boxers. He even went and played golf one time in his boxers."

He no doubt selected pink boxers as a joke to share with his fellow soldiers, Sheree Boyd said.

"They like to have a good time," she explained about the soldiers, "to deal with the tension."
Oooookay. Your Head Trucker is not gonna touch that one with a ten-foot pole.

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