Marine That Murtha Slandered Recommended for Decoration

Cross-posted from The Dread Pundit Bluto

Sergeant Frank Wuterich, one of the Marines that US Representative John Murtha judged and convicted of killing civilians "...in cold blood..." was recommended for a decoration based on what Lt. William T. Kallop, the only officer present during the battle in Haditha, described as his heroism in leading the counterattack.

From the Washington Post:

Lt. William T. Kallop wrote in a praise-filled memo that the incident on Nov. 19, 2005, was part of a complex insurgent ambush that included a powerful roadside bomb followed by a high volume of automatic-weapons fire from several houses in the neighborhood. He lauded Sgt. Frank Wuterich for his leadership in the "counterattack" on three houses while the unit received sporadic enemy fire.

The proposed citation indicates that Kallop -- the only Marine officer at the scene as the incident unfolded -- believed the unit was under a coordinated insurgent attack when Marines stormed civilian homes and opened fire, killing women and children. Whether Marines felt threatened and believed the homes to be hostile is a central element of their defense against potential criminal charges.

Kallop's memo would seem to be an odd way of trying to sweep the incident under the rug.

Posted by: Bluto at 11:03 AM

Comments

1 The question remains; was Haditha a circumstance where the enemy used civiliams as human shields? Evidence seems to point that way. However, the weak bladders in the Marine PR dept will railroad some PFC to hold someone accountable.

Posted by: SeeMonk at August 30, 2006 11:26 AM

2 Never forget the rule that states :Any Veteran who sides with liberals has absolute moral authority, and any veteran who doesn't is a lying scumbag who kills and eats puppies, baby seals, and brown children.

The only thing I hate more than a lefturd, is two lefturds.

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at August 30, 2006 01:49 PM

3 Why is it that no one on the Left has accused Murtha of "swiftboating" this American hero?

Unless, as i have maintained, "Swiftboating" really means "telling truths inconvenient about Leftist heroes."

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at August 30, 2006 07:29 PM

4 Murtha sucks.

Posted by: greyrooster at August 30, 2006 07:52 PM

5 A real punch to the groin of JOHN MURTHA that jackass got his backside kicked

Posted by: sandpiper at September 04, 2006 08:59 AM






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