Newberry News, May 17th, 2006
Kudos continue to pile up for Army Captain Ian Fishback the son of John Fishback and Sharon Abelson. Fishback, a 1997 Newberry graduate went on to graduate from West Point in 2001.
Fishback was named as one of Time Magazine's 100: The People Who Shaped Our World in its May 13, 2006 issue.
Fishback was also named in Rolling Stone Magazine as one of its top "Mavericks, Renegades and Troublemakers" in their December 2005 issue.
Fishback questioned the Army's policy or lack of policy on the treatment of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iran while he was stationed overseas.
Captain Fishback could not get an answer from his immediate superior officers and took the matter on up the chain of command.
"Fishback persevered to restore true honor" states the Time Magainze article by Coleen Rowley. "After 17 months of frustration and failure to get his superior's attenton, he went outside his chain of command to Senator John McCain, who in turn successfully spearheaded anti-torture legislation.
Fishback, 27, downplayed his heroism as nothing more than supporting clear standards in accordance with U.S. values. But his actions were similar to helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson's heroism that ended Vietnam's My Lai massacre.
When Fishback wrote to McCain, he stated, "I would rather die fighting than give up even the smallets part of the idea that is America."
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