May 23, 2009
By Scott Simon
Weekend Edition Saturday, May 23, 2009 · A new image of soldierly courage appeared this week. It may not exactly remind you of Iwo Jima.
Nineteen-year-old Spc. Zachary Boyd of the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, was sleeping when the Taliban attacked his unit in Afghanistan's Kunar province. Boyd leapt from his bunk. He grabbed his weapon, pulled on his helmet and vest, and manned his station behind sandbags at Firebase Restropo. He did not stop to pull on trousers.