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Military rape victims speaks out; Class action filed

Speaking out: Several rape victims documented, including Marine Corps 1st Lt. Ariana Klay (shown center) who was raped by her senior officer and his friend, have contemplated suicide following their attacks and speak out now for awareness

Plaintiff in rape lawsuit speaks out
Class action lawsuit filed Tuesday

Updated: Tuesday, 06 Mar 2012, 6:34 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 06 Mar 2012, 6:33 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Eight sailors and Marines say they were sexually assaulted while in the military, but their assailants were not brought to justice.

The victims have signed onto a class action lawsuit. It’s the second of its kind. The first, filed last year, was dismissed.

Marine Lieutenant and plaintiff Ariana Klay, of Washington, D.C., is one of eight women sharing her story.

Klay said she was raped in 2010 at Marine barracks. Read the remainder of this entry »

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Eric Scott Hamilton sentenced to 18 months for thefts at Fallujah

Former U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Sentenced to Prison for Role in Scheme to Steal Military Equipment in Iraq

WASHINGTON – A former U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) gunnery sergeant was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for conspiring to steal at least 55 electrical generators from USMC bases in Iraq in 2008, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles for the District of South Carolina.

Eric Scott Hamilton, 40, of Carrollton, Ga., also was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs in Greenville, S.C., to three years of supervised release following his prison term. In addition, Hamilton was ordered to pay $124,944 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Defense. Hamilton pleaded guilty on Aug. 10, 2011, to a criminal information charging him with two counts of conspiracy to steal public property.

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Northwest Arkansas Family Mourns Marine Killed in Afghanistan (Updated)

Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman (KARK 4 News)

The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Kenneth Cochran, of Wilder, died Sunday in Helmand province. He was killed during combat operations along with 22-year-old Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman, of Tulsa, Okla. ~ Idaho Family Mourns Death Of 20-Year-Old Marine

(KARK 4 News) – January 20, 2012 – A Northwest Arkansas family is mourning the loss of a young soldier in Afghanistan.

Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman, 22, of Pahrump, Nevada, served with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment.

He was killed on Sunday, along with another Marine, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province. Citing family members, the Pahrump Valley Times reports that Cpl. Bateman was working alongside a fellow Marine fixing a generator when both were electrocuted. A Department of Defense news release says the incident is under investigation.

On Facebook, Bateman listed his father as Tony Allen, who lives in Huntsville (Madison County).

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10 NATO troops killed in Afghanistan in 24 hours (Updated)

DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
Capt. Daniel B. Bartle, 27, of Ferndale, Wash. (More)
Capt. Nathan R. McHone, 29, of Crystal Lake, Ill. (More)
MSgt. Travis W. Riddick, 40, of Centerville, Iowa. (More)
Cpl. Jesse W. Stites, 23, of North Beach, Md. (More)
Cpl. Kevin J. Reinhard, 25, of Colonia, N.J. (More)
Cpl. Joseph D. Logan, 22, of Willis, Texas. (More)

These Marines died January 19 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. They were assigned toMarine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

The commander of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 confirmed on the unit’s Facebook page that all six Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan were from the Kaneohe-based unit.

“With deep sorrow I have to confirm the news stories that you probably have already heard. Last night we lost six members of the squadron during a combat operations,” Lt. Col. Mark Revor posted from Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. “Official notification has been made to all the next of kin. I will be able to release the names of the crewmembers in 24 hours. I ask that if you already know, through personal contacts, the names of those crewmembers, please respect the 24 hours of privacy afforded to those families.” ~ Honolulu Star Advertiser
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Marine general defends Dakota Meyer Medal of Honor; You got a problem with that?

General James F. Amos - photo Wikipedia

Andrew Malcolm – (Investors Business Daily) – December 19, 2011 – OK, civvies, listen up.

There has been a recent suggestion in some newspapers that fellow Marines may have padded their accounts of the heroism displayed by Sgt. Dakota Meyer during an ambush and six-hour battle in Afghanistan. The goal being to get the service the Medal of Honor in a dishonorable way.

According to the McClatchy report:

“Crucial parts of the story of Meyer’s deeds that the Marine Corps publicized and Obama described to the nation are untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents McClatchy Newspapers examined. Sworn statements by Meyer and others who participated in the battle indicate that he didn’t save as many people, kill as many enemy fighters or lead the final push to retrieve his dead comrades, as the record says.”

President Obama awarded the medal to Meyer during a White House ceremony in mid-September. And we detailed with photos the actions of Meyer in our story right here, in which he killed numerous enemy, rescued 36 fellow soldiers and recovered the bodies of four others.

This is what passes for a day’s work for our military folks, all volunteers.

Marine Commandant James Amos ordered an investigation and just released an eloquent statement of explanation, which we publish below here in full. Read the remainder of this entry »