US Soldier Battles Taliban in Pink Boxers

Private didn't have time to don pants before rushing to return Taliban fire
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2009 6:12 AM CDT
US Soldier Battles Taliban in Pink Boxers
"I may not have a job any more after the President has seen me out of uniform," Boyd quipped.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

(Newser) – An American soldier who rushed out of bed when the Taliban attacked his Afghanistan base ended up on the front page of the New York Times in his underwear, the Daily Telegraph reports. Zachary Boyd grabbed his weapon, body armor, and helmet then joined the firefight clad in a red T-shirt, flip-flops, and pink "I Love New York" boxers, and was snapped by an AP photographer.

Boyd, 19, called his family to tell them he might be in the news. "I knew he was a boxer guy. I knew that for sure. I did not know they were pink, and I didn't know they said ‘I Love New York,’" Boyd's father told his local Texas radio station. "After I saw the picture I just laughed for about five minutes." (Read more US military stories.)

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