I got my first look at Mr. Boyd's "I Love NY" boxers on the front page of the New York Times this morning. The newspaper was sitting on the counter of my Brooklyn neighborhood deli. It jarred me into thinking about a little firebase on another continent, and NBC News correspondent Richard Engel's reporting from Restrepo last October.
Soldiers from the U.S. Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry take defensive positions at firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province on Monday May 11, 2009. Spc. Zachery Boyd of Fort Worth, TX, far left was wearing 'I love NY' boxer shorts after rushing from his sleeping quarters to join his fellow platoon members. From far right is Spc. Cecil Montgomery of Many, LA and Jordan Custer of Spokane, WA, center.