American Sailor Apologizes On Iranian State TV


Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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An Iranian state television channel has been airing an interview with a detained American sailor in which he is apologizing to his captors.

The sailor said the capture of two Navy boats by Iran was, “a mistake that was our fault and we apologize for our mistake.” (RELATED: Iran Releases Footage Of Captive US Sailors)


The U.S military does give guidelines on what to do if captured:


I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.


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.


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


If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or 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 the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.


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 and its allies or harmful to their cause.


I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, 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.

A defense official told the Washington Post that this, “raises questions if the sailors broke the code of conduct.”

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