US POW or captive... Who you gonna call?

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    US POW or captive... Who you gonna call?

    I have decided to attempt to go for the "off topic award" of the day.

    This really doesn't apply to those traveling or working inside the US but rather outside of the US (particularly in a hostile country).

    Let's say you are US military or traveling or working abroad and you get captured or "napped." Through much adieu you are able to get free and to a telephone.

    You don't have any phone book.. only what's in your head.

    Who would you call for assistance? How would you attempt to help them locate and rescue you? What would you do?

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    I've got 4 numbers memorized...mine, my parents, my girlfriend, and my old work number at my old unit. I'd probably give my old unit a try, and hopefully they wouldn't be on deployment and could patch me through to the right people.
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    Personally, I would try to commit to memory the phone numbers of the nearest US Embassy before traveling abroad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    Personally, I would try to commit to memory the phone numbers of the nearest US Embassy before traveling abroad.
    You beat me to it, L.T.

    Here's the list:

    http://www.usembassy.gov/
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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    I've got 4 numbers memorized...mine, my parents, my girlfriend, and my old work number at my old unit. I'd probably give my old unit a try, and hopefully they wouldn't be on deployment and could patch me through to the right people.
    My husband and I were talking about this and, being a prior service Marine himself he said he'd probably call the Camp Pendleton switch board if he didn't know or couldn't remember the phone number for an Embassy.

    If worst came to worst in desperation I wouldn't be beyond calling 1-800-MARINES.

    Although the US Embassy would be the best bet, I asked my husband (having done one combat tour) if they provided that information to him and he said they did not.

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    They have never provided us with embassy numbers either on any of my deployments. I also have my current work number memorized...but it wouldn't do much good if we were deployed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    They have never provided us with embassy numbers either on any of my deployments. I also have my current work number memorized...but it wouldn't do much good if we were deployed.
    Again, out of curiosity, I went on the US Embassy website for Baghdad and clicked on "contact us"... No phone number... email, address.. no phone... That's comforting.

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    Oh, wait.. found it..

    American Citizen Service After-Hour Emergency Line:

    In Iraq: 0770-443-2594

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