04 May 2005
The Marine trooper who was subjected to an investigation with the threat of a murder charge for actually acting like he was in combat in a war zone, was effectively cleared of charges by the 1st MarDiv.
A review of the evidence showed the Marine's actions were "consistent with the established rules of engagement and the law of armed conflict," Maj. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, commanding general of the 1st Marine Division, said in a statement.
Thank God for small favors! It was a travesty that this deal went as far as it did, before some reason prevailed, and a good Marine trooper can continue to be just that, without the threat of an idiotic prosecution for the crime of fighting a war.