February 2, 1989 |
A military judge Wednesday convicted a Marine sergeant of negligence for his actions following the abandonment of a Marine who died in the Mojave Desert. Sgt. Christopher Clyde was the platoon sergeant of Lance Cpl. Jason Rother, who was left behind after being posted as a road guide for an exercise near Twentynine Palms last Aug. 30. The remains of Rother, 19, of Minneapolis, were not found until December. Maj.
January 31, 1989
A friend of a Marine who died when he was left behind in the Mojave Desert after a training exercise testified in Camp Lejeune, N.C., that he had asked about his friend's absence a day before he was reported missing. There was "total confusion" when Lance Cpl. Jason Rother was discovered missing, Lance Cpl. Kevin Robertson said at the court-martial of Rother's platoon sergeant. Sgt. Christopher Clyde is charged with dereliction of duty and disobeying an order.
January 12, 1989
Military prosecutors dropped charges against a Marine sergeant accused in the death of a fellow Marine forgotten in the Southern California desert because the officer who convened the sergeant's court-martial was relieved of duty for his role in the incident. Defense attorneys argued that battalion commander Lt. Col. Edward J. Robeson's "personal interest in the case would hamper the impartiality of the trial" in which Sgt.
January 10, 1989 |
"Poor planning" and a "total breakdown" in the chain of command were to blame in the death of Marine Lance Cpl. Jason J. Rother, 19, during desert training exercises at Twentynine Palms last summer, according a report released Monday by Marine Corps headquarters. The conduct of Rother's commanders "contradicts every principle of concerned leadership on which we (Marines) have traditionally prided ourselves," Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Al Gray said in a statement.
December 27, 1988 |
Lance Cpl. Jayson J. Rother was one tough Marine, but the stark, chocolate-brown mountains and the furnace-hot desert of San Bernardino County where he was lost proved to be tougher. Left stranded by his outfit last summer, Rother, 19, disappeared somewhere out on the firing ranges of the 932-square-mile Marine Air-Ground Combat Center north of here.