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Report: Marines Skeptical of Pentagon in War Crimes Case

Report: Marines Skeptical of Pentagon in War Crimes Case

By    |   Thursday, 08 February 2018 12:40 PM

The U.S. Marine Corps exonerated members of Marine Special Operations Company Foxtrot over a war crimes case, but those who were blackballed in the case are skeptical about whether the Pentagon is sincere in its announcement, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The Marine Corps does not plan to re-examine the case, said a letter from the Pentagon that Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., released on Wednesday.

"We are concerned to hear of the challenges many members of Fox Company are facing—which are, unfortunately, all too common among our combat veterans," Maj. Gen. Frederick M. Padilla wrote to Rep. Jones. In the letter, Padilla directed a subordinate officer to contact Galvin and his men to make sure they are getting "all necessary care and support."

Galvin said in The Post’s report that, as of Wednesday, no one from the Marine Corps has contacted them.

The 30-man platoon was accused of killing civilians in a March 4, 2007 incident, allegations that mistaken media coverage and denunciations from military commanders ramped up before all the facts in the case had been investigated, The Post reported.

The Marines were cleared in 2008 of criminal wrongdoing after a military court looked into the case. At that time, a three-star general made the conclusion that the troops had "acted appropriately."

Members of the unit feel ostracized, said Fred Galvin, the company’s commander during the deployment, in The Post.

Galvin said the phrase "acted appropriately" has been interpreted as “we got away with murder," The Post reported.

Jones wrote a letter to Marine Corps commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller in December, saying that the Marines in the company have not been able to "hold jobs, sustain marriages and healthy relationships."

Jones also attempting to get uniform badges for eligible members of Fox Company to be designated Marine Raiders, an elite status. "These Marines: They’ve earned that. It’ll be a sign that we’ve been brought back into the fold, that we’re in good standing. It’ll make all the difference, and the commandant doesn’t have to say a word," Galvin said in The Post.

"These men have been to hell and back," Jones said in a Wednesday news release about the exoneration. "I very much appreciate General Neller and his staff for taking a look at this case and reiterating that these men did nothing wrong on March 4, 2007," Jones wrote.

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The U.S. Marine Corps exonerated members of Marine Special Operations Company Foxtrot over a war crimes case, but those who were blackballed are skeptical on if the Pentagon is sincere in its announcement, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
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