“Pink boxers” soldier home for 4th of July

Happy 4th of July with thanks to US Armed Forces and Veterans

July 3, 2009

Remember the “pink boxers & flipflops” soldier?

Image: Soldier Pink Boxer
David Guttenfelder / AP

Left: Spc. Zachery Boyd of Fort Worth, TX, center: Jordan Custer of Spokan, WA and right: Spc. Cecil Montgomery of Many, LA.

In the mountains of east Afghanistan, on May 11th, 19 y/o Army Spc. ZACHARY BOYD of Fort Worth was asleep when his platoon came under attack from the Taliban. He only took the time to put on his vest and his helmet. AP photographer David Guttenfelder (40) just happened to be in position to take a shot of the rest of Boyd’s “uniform”…pink “I Love New York” boxers and flipflops. He bought the boxers when he “stranded in New York”. He called home to tell his parents he made it on the cover of the NY Times but didn’t tell them what eactly he was – or wasn’t – wearing.

Spc Boyd from the front, fully-clothed, arriving home today – Fort Hood.


He said to his parents:

I may not have a job anymore after the president has seen me out of uniform.

Defense Secretary ROBERT GATES had a different take:

Well, let me tell you, the next time I visit Afghanistan I want to meet Specialist Boyd and shake his hand. Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage. And I can only wonder about the impact on the Taliban. Just imagine seeing that — a guy in pink boxers and flip-flops has you in his crosshairs — what an incredible innovation in psychological warfare.

I can assure you that Specialist Boyd’s job is very safe indeed.


Specialist Boyd arrived at Fort Hood this morning. See video of homecoming.

It’s definitely a good feeling to be home… get to see the family on a very important day, of course.

No word on what he plans on wearing tomorrow…

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