you plan to make the best of what you have. One such
guide is to remember the word S-A-TSAVE, ADD TO,
TAKE CARE OF
Maintaining Your Health
Good physical health is essential to survival under
any circumstances. It is especially important in a POW
camp where living conditions are crowded and food and
shelter are lacking. That means you must use every
device possible to keep yourself well.
Soap and water provide a basic preventive
medicine; so keep clean. If water is scarce, collect
rainwater, use dew, or simply rub yourself daily with a
cloth or your bare hands. Pay attention to areas on your
body that are likely to develop rash and
infectionyour crotch, your scalp, and between your
CODE OF CONDUCT
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.