Wow! Former Marine Congressmen Work For Combat Marines Abandoned By The Corps

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A bipartisan group of four U.S. congressmen have joined together to address a group of Marines abandoned by the U.S. Marine Corps.

On March 4, 2007, members of Marine Special Operations Company (MARSOC) Foxtrot were ambushed by enemy forces in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, near its border with Pakistan. The Washington Post reported

A preliminary U.S. military investigation indicates that more than 40 Afghans killed or wounded by Marines after a suicide bombing in a village near Jalalabad last month were civilians, the U.S. commander who ordered the probe said yesterday.

Although every member of the company survived the attack, the result of the incident was immediate expulsion from Afghanistan amidst unproven claims of the civilian deaths.

Although they were eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, many felt they were:

Disgraced and outcast by their own leadership and suffered psychologically, personally, and professionally from the backlash they faced while the military attempted to charge and imprison them.

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The former company commander of the unit retired Maj. Fred Galvin has joined with four congressmen to remedy the situation. Three are Marine combat veterans: Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-Az), Duncan Hunter (R-Ca), and Seth Moulton ((D-Mass). The fourth is National Guard veteran Walter Jones (R-NC) who represents the congressional district which includes Camp Lejeune where MARSOC is based.

On January 3, 2017, Jones introduced H.Res.21 entitled “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the firefight that occurred on March 4, 2007, between members of the United States Marine Corps and enemy forces in Bati Kot District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.”

The bill requires:

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller to publicly exonerate the members of Fox Company, stating they “were not at fault in the firefight” and “deserve to have their names cleared.”

Via Military Times: Members of Marine Special Operations Company Foxtrot spent four weeks training in Nevada’s high desert early in 2006. The experience would reveal a desperate need for logistical and other support personnel, according to the unit’s commander.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fred Galvin

Although the bill has yet to acted upon, there is little doubt that it will pass since both the House and Senate have a Republican majority.

The five-part series entitled, “Task Force Violent: The Unforgiven”, published by Military Times, is an extensive report on the incident and its aftermath:

Part 1: The tragic betrayal of an elite American commando unit 

Part 2: The generals resisted MARSOC. Their Marines paid the price 

Part 3: Marines survived this nightmare. No one believed their story 

Part 4: Embattled commandos came under fire — on the home front 

Part 5: Betrayed Marines fight to recapture stolen honor 

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fred Galvin)

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]