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2 Vietnam Vets on March to Washington for Andrew Tahmooressi

By    |   Friday, 19 September 2014 11:59 AM

Two senior-citizen Marine vets are hiking nearly 300 miles carrying a message for President Barack Obama — free U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican prison.

Marine Corps vet Terry Sharpe, 63, started hiking from his home in Summerfield, North Carolina, and has been legging it up the road for weeks to call attention to Tahmooressi's plight, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

"I just got tired of nothing being done," Sharpe, who served in Vietnam, told the Beacon.

"I got aggravated because nothing is happening and I said I'm going to walk up to Washington, D.C., and tell President Obama to make the phone call. All he has to do is call the president of Mexico and tell him to let the boy go."

Tahmooressi, 26, who served two tours of Afghanistan and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has been held in the El Hongo Federal Prison in Tecate, Mexico, since making a wrong turn into Mexico on March 31, The Los Angeles Times reports.

He says that when he asked a guard for directions back into the United States, and told him he had three rifles in his car, he was arrested. Tahmooressi is now facing trial.

"He didn't want to go to Mexico. He made a wrong turn," Sharpe told the Beacon. "He wasn't there to be a terrorist or sell weapons. And he shouldn't be where he is at for a wrong turn."

Along the way, in Danville, Virginia, Sharpe ran into a fellow Vietnam Marine vet, Allen Brown, also 63, who decided to join him on his march to Washington. By coincidence, the men were in the same Marine battalion in Vietnam, at the same time and in the same place.

Their trek has been a bitter struggle. While some have offered to carry their packs and the large American flag they're toting, or offered beds or motel rooms, there have been nights when they slept in the bushes alongside the highway.

Sharpe told the Beacon that Brown "is unbelievable. His feet are swollen, his legs are swollen. I tried to get him to stop. He won't stop. We're both going to make it. We're going to get there."

Tahmooressi has a court hearing set for Sept. 29 in Mexico and his U.S. attorney, Phillip R. Dunn, told Fox News he expects his client to be released within a month because of video evidence and a lack of PTSD treatment facilities in Mexico.

"Since Mexican law provides for humanitarian considerations regarding the care and treatment of its prisoners, a just and/or compassionate ruling ordering his release should be forthcoming," he told Fox.

"He shouldn't be there," Sharpe told the Free Beacon. "He served his country and he should come home."

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