Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

On this day, Aug. 17, 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower authorized the code of conduct for American soldiers captured in war. Revealing the high level of commitment made by those in the armed services, the code states: “I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. … If captured … I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy. … I will never forget I am an American fighting man, 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 America.”