Marines accused of war crimes in 2007 finally exonerated – but more required to restore lives

Marines accused of war crimes in 2007 finally exonerated – but more required to restore lives

[Ed. – This is more than riding a hobby-horse.  It’s an injustice that needs to be redressed to the extent it can be, after 11 years.  There’s a petition you can sign on the Marines’ behalf at the link.  They’re just asking to be publicly awarded the badge they earned but have been denied for years.]

The United States Marine Corps has finally exonerated a group of special forces Marines accused of war crimes in connection to a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.

Major General Frederick M. Padilla, speaking on behalf of Commandant General Robert B. Neller, sent a letter to Rep. Walter Jones (R., N.C.) acknowledging that seven members of the Marine Corps’ first special forces unit acted appropriately when they returned fire following a suicide bombing and ambush from enemy forces. Padilla quoted from a 2008 Marine Corps Court of Inquiry, saying the Marines “acted appropriately” and “reflected sound military judgment” in responding to the attack. …

Retired Major Fred Galvin, who led Fox Company and helped develop the training regimen for the Marines’ first special operations force, wants further action taken. He said the public statements from commanders irrevocably damaged the reputations of his men. …

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Galvin said the Marine Corps could complete the reconciliation by awarding Fox Company members the Marine Corps Raider badge in a public ceremony. Marines who join the elite unit now receive the badge after completing the training requirements that Galvin helped develop. He and his men have never received that recognition.

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