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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1991
The current scandal at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is one of many continuing problems that have existed in the military for more than 200 years. Misuse of government equipment will not stop or even fade away. The problem persists because senior officers ask junior officers for special favors, and it places the junior officers in an unusual situation. The careers of junior officers are in the hands of senior officers that expect these special favors. Americans can understand the need for inspection trips and also flying time to maintain a person's proficiency.
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September 23, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back when J.K. Davis was starting out as a Marine Corps pilot at El Toro in the 1950s, the real fun began once the scheduled mission was over and the log books were out of sight. "The fliers, they'd meet over at Lake Elsinore after their missions and have dogfights," he recalls. "Anybody that was there would have at it--sort of an unprogrammed, air-to-air combat . . . in the old F-4U Corsairs." Davis, 64, now a retired four-star general living in San Clemente, pauses, remembering those days.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A retirement date of April 1 has been set for Col. Joseph E. Underwood, the former chief of staff at the Marine Corps Air Station here until he was relieved of duty in January for alleged misuse of military planes and other improprieties, base officials said Thursday. The retirement marks the final chapter in Underwood's fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1991
The current scandal at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is one of many continuing problems that have existed in the military for more than 200 years. Misuse of government equipment will not stop or even fade away. The problem persists because senior officers ask junior officers for special favors, and it places the junior officers in an unusual situation. The careers of junior officers are in the hands of senior officers that expect these special favors. Americans can understand the need for inspection trips and also flying time to maintain a person's proficiency.
NEWS
January 23, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A high-ranking officer at the Marine Corps Air Station here, suspended last week amid allegations of taking out a base plane for personal use, shot and killed himself Tuesday morning, officials and sources said. The body of Col. James E. Sabow, 51, assistant chief of staff in charge of air operations, was found by his wife on the patio of his base home around 10 a.m., according to military sources. No note was found, sources said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an extraordinary step, Brig. Gen. Wayne T. Adams has permanently banished from local Marine bases the man he fired as his chief of staff, refusing him access to the officers' club, the golf course and other facilities usually open to retired personnel. Col. Joseph E. Underwood, 51, was fired from his post earlier this year and later retired amid allegations that included using base planes for golfing jaunts.
NEWS
January 24, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A senior officer at the Marine Corps Air Station here, targeted in a probe that may have prompted the suicide of his best friend, defended himself Wednesday against allegations of official misconduct and called the investigation involving the two men "a nightmare." In an emotional telephone interview, Col. Joseph E. Underwood said he "would love to give my side of the story" but was prevented from discussing the specifics of the investigation because of military protocol.
NEWS
January 25, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An investigation into two high-ranking officials at the Marine air base here has focused almost exclusively on their questionable use of military aircraft, a defense attorney said Thursday, prompting surprise among some service personnel that this would be enough to drive one of the officers to suicide. Military sources stressed, however, that the number of flights taken by Marine Cols. Joseph E. Underwood and the late James E.
NEWS
February 17, 1991 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Col. Joseph E. Underwood, former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station chief of staff, has pleaded guilty to charges that include misusing base planes and other military property and coercing a kickback from a subordinate, a spokeswoman said Saturday. The admission by the 29-year Marine veteran occurred Friday, ending a monthlong investigation during which a fellow officer and close friend implicated in the case committed suicide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1991 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Col. Joseph E. Underwood, former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station chief of staff, has pleaded guilty to charges that include misusing base planes and other military property and coercing a kickback from a subordinate, a spokeswoman said Saturday. The admission by the 29-year Marine veteran occurred Friday, ending a monthlong investigation during which a fellow officer and close friend implicated in the case committed suicide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an extraordinary step, Brig. Gen. Wayne T. Adams has permanently banished from local Marine bases the man he fired as his chief of staff, refusing him access to the officers' club, the golf course and other facilities usually open to retired personnel. Col. Joseph E. Underwood, 51, was fired from his post earlier this year and later retired amid allegations that included using base planes for golfing jaunts.
NEWS
April 17, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former chief of staff for the Marine Corps' western air bases, speaking at length for the first time since his firing in January, asserted Tuesday that his use of base planes was nothing out of the ordinary and that he was forced out of a job by "small, petty and vindictive" superiors who reneged on their earlier promises. "It is no surprise to anyone in the Marine Corps that I play golf," said retired Col.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A retirement date of April 1 has been set for Col. Joseph E. Underwood, the former chief of staff at the Marine Corps Air Station here until he was relieved of duty in January for alleged misuse of military planes and other improprieties, base officials said Thursday. The retirement marks the final chapter in Underwood's fall.
NEWS
February 17, 1991 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Col. Joseph E. Underwood, former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station chief of staff, has pleaded guilty to charges that include misusing base planes and other military property and coercing a kickback from a subordinate, a spokeswoman said Saturday. The admission by the 29-year Marine veteran occurred Friday, ending a monthlong investigation during which a fellow officer and close friend implicated in the case committed suicide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1991 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Col. Joseph E. Underwood, former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station chief of staff, has pleaded guilty to charges that include misusing base planes and other military property and coercing a kickback from a subordinate, a spokeswoman said Saturday. The admission by the 29-year Marine veteran occurred Friday, ending a monthlong investigation during which a fellow officer and close friend implicated in the case committed suicide.
NEWS
February 7, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former chief of staff at the Marine Corps Air Station plans to retire early, on March 1, to avoid the threat of a court-martial and thus hold onto medical benefits for his ill wife, his son said Wednesday. The former official, Col. Joseph Underwood, and his close friend and deputy at the base, Col. James Sabow, were relieved of their posts last month amid allegations that they used Marine planes for golfing jaunts and other personal trips.
NEWS
January 24, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A senior officer at the Marine Corps Air Station here, targeted in a probe that might have prompted the suicide of his best friend, defended himself Wednesday against allegations of official misconduct and called the incident involving the two men "a nightmare." In an emotional telephone interview, Col. Joseph E. Underwood said he "would love to give my side of the story" but was prevented from discussing specifics of the case because of an ongoing military investigation.
NEWS
January 24, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Col. James E. Sabow spent 28 years building an impeccable service record in the Marine Corps--a long journey toward the coveted stars of a general that is not for the weak, the impatient, the immoral or the corrupt. Those joining the small fraternity of colonels wearing the silver bird with its spread wings live with the reality that the smallest mistake or indiscretion could derail all the years of hard work and good intentions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former chief of staff at the Marine Corps Air Station here plans to retire early on March 1 to avoid the threat of a court-martial and hold onto medical benefits for his wife, who is suffering from a brain tumor, his son said Wednesday. "It's not a question of was my father guilty--everyone knows that he was not," said Joseph Underwood IV, son of Col. Joseph Underwood, 51. "My father couldn't risk the insurance on my mother because the doctors' bills are so high . . .
NEWS
January 25, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An investigation into two high-ranking officials at the Marine air base here has focused almost exclusively on their questionable use of military aircraft, a defense attorney said Thursday, prompting surprise among some service personnel that this would be enough to drive one of the officers to suicide. Military sources stressed, however, that the number of flights taken by Marine Cols. Joseph E. Underwood and the late James E.
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