Secretary Gates Hails Soldier Snapped in Pink Boxer Shorts

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By: Greg Mitchell

A fun read appeared today in the new New York Times image-oriented “Lens” blog: The story behind the front page photo on May 12 that showed a few U.S. soldiers fighting the Taliban — one of them dressed mainly in pink boxer shorts. Prize-winning Associated Press photog David Guttenfelder snapped it.

Now there’s an update: AP sends along the prepared text for Secretary of Defense Gate’s remarks at the Intrepid Museum in New York City tonight:

?Sometimes the public recognition isn?t always expected ? or necessarily welcomed. Specialist Zachary Boyd recently was enjoying a well-deserved sleep when his post in eastern Afghanistan came under enemy attack. He immediately grabbed his rifle and rushed into a defensive position clad in his helmet, body armor, and pink boxer shorts that said ‘I Love New York.’

“Unfortunately ? or fortunately, depending on your perspective ? an AP photographer was there for a candid shot, a photo which ran shortly thereafter on the front page of the New York Times. Boyd later told his parents that: ‘I may not have a job anymore after the president has seen me out of uniform.’

“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.?

The Times blog item is at:

http://bit.ly/9NS3s

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