CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1998 |
A California National Guard soldier who was found dead last month in Germany and who became the center of an ongoing dispute between the guard and the U.S. Army, killed himself, according to an autopsy report released Thursday. Meanwhile, a separate document indicated that a National Guard official has filed a complaint with the Department of Defense Inspector General's office, alleging that three Army officers conspired to wrongly accuse the man of being a deserter.
July 3, 1998 |
In a serious blow to two leading American news organizations, officials of CNN and Time magazine on Thursday retracted a story they ran last month alleging that the U.S. military used deadly nerve gas during a 1970 attack on defectors in a small Laotian village. The explosive story, which aired on the premier broadcast of "NewsStand," a joint venture of Time and CNN, "cannot be supported," said Tom Johnson, CNN News Group chairman.
June 9, 1998 |
Defense Secretary William S. Cohen on Monday ordered an investigation into allegations that a Special Forces commando unit violated U.S. policy and international norms by using nerve gas to kill American defectors and North Vietnamese during a secret 1970 raid into Laos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1998 |
The U.S. Army has reopened its investigation into the disappearance last year of a California National Guard soldier trained in Los Alamitos and assigned to Germany as part of the peacekeeping effort in Bosnia, officials said Thursday. The new probe was ordered after Army officials found that the initial investigation into the disappearance of Spec. Mason Jacques Karl O'Neal was mishandled, military sources in Washington said. National Guard spokesman Lt. Col.
April 1, 1998 |
In January 1997, a company of 125 California National Guard soldiers went to Germany as part of the United States peacekeeping effort in Bosnia. In September, 124 returned. Spec. Mason Jacques Karl O'Neal of Sunnyvale was not among them. His strange disappearance has triggered an odd and bitter war of words between two powerful governmental entities, the Army and the National Guard.
February 22, 1998 |
I have been horrified countless times covering nine wars and other assignments in 60 countries. But I've only been embarrassed twice. Once was when a freelancer for Mirabella magazine asked female soldiers during the Gulf War if it was difficult to find privacy to masturbate. The other time was when Jose Marti Airport resembled the fall of Saigon as network anchors abandoned Havana in the middle of Pope John Paul II's visit to join the Zippergate media mob.
September 24, 1997 |
A 48-year-old Marine Corps deserter from the Vietnam era escaped a prison sentence Tuesday when a military judge gave him a bad-conduct discharge and permission to return to Canada. Randall J. Caudill was sentenced after a brief hearing that summoned up the bitterness and division that were prevalent in America in 1968, the year Caudill deserted. "He made a mistake in 1968, but so did many, many people who dodged the draft or deserted," said Maj.
September 17, 1997 |
When a 19-year-old private from Ohio named Randy Caudill deserted from the Marine Corps and fled to Canada, it was 1968 and America was beset by anger in the streets, assassinations and bitter divisions over the war in Vietnam. The year began with the bloody Tet offensive, the relentless siege of the Marine base at Khe Sanh, and the aerial bombing of Hanoi. A spreading antiwar movement drove President Lyndon Johnson to forswear a run for reelection.
February 7, 1996 |
After an emotional court-martial here Tuesday that at times served as a sad retrospective of the Vietnam War, a 45-year-old Marine corporal who deserted 25 years ago was reduced to the rank of private and given a bad-conduct discharge. He was, however, spared from serving time in a military prison. Appearing wan and tearful, Cpl. Donald J.