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Code of Conduct sets rules for Americans taken prisoner

Articles II, III, IV and V of the Code of Conduct for U.S. military personnel govern how Americans taken prisoner are expected to conduct themselves:

ARTICLE II:

"I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist."

ARTICLE III:

"If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy."

ARTICLE IV:

"If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information nor take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them in every way."

ARTICLE V:

"When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country or its allies or harmful to their cause."

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(c) 2003, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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