June 22, 2005 |
U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins left his boyhood home in Weldon to return to Japan, a day after apologizing for his decision more than 40 years ago to abandon his post for life in North Korea. Jenkins, 65, along with his wife, two daughters and a few others, left his sister's home shortly after 3 a.m. for Dulles International Airport in Virginia for a flight for Tokyo. The family was expected to return to the Japanese island where they live.
June 15, 2005 |
A soldier at Ft. Stewart who refused to go to Iraq for a second tour will be court-martialed for accepting unearned combat pay, despite an Army investigator's conclusion that an accounting error was to blame. Larceny charges were added against Sgt. Kevin Benderman, 40, who was awaiting trial on charges that included desertion. The larceny charges raise the possible penalty from seven years to 17. A trial date has not been set.
April 28, 2005 |
An Army National Guard soldier who went AWOL rather than deploy to Iraq after what he called incomplete and inadequate training was disciplined, the soldier and a military spokeswoman say. Joseph Jacobo, 46, abandoned his Ontario-based unit in January. One of numerous members of the Guard who have raised concerns about training and equipment problems, Jacobo eventually changed his mind. He is stationed at Forward Operating Base Falcon in southern Baghdad.
March 25, 2005 |
A U.S. soldier who deserted because he opposed the war in Iraq does not qualify as a refugee and would not face excessive punishment if sent home, Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board said Thursday. Jeremy Hinzman, 26, was the first of several U.S. deserters to file asylum claims in Canada. He fled from the 82nd Airborne Division two years ago. Hinzman maintained that the U.S.-led war in Iraq was illegal and that he feared he would have to commit atrocities if he was sent there.
February 24, 2005 |
An Army hearing officer has recommended a court-martial for a soldier charged with desertion after he refused to deploy to Iraq. In a Feb. 16 report just released, Lt. Col. Linda Taylor recommended that Sgt. Kevin Benderman face a general court-martial, the most serious type. The procedure requires approval from Ft. Stewart's General Court-Martial Convening Authority. Benderman, 40, an Army mechanic, refused to accompany his unit Jan.
January 21, 2005 |
The Army has brought charges against a soldier who refused to return to Iraq for a second combat tour because he now objected to war, officials said Thursday. Sgt. Kevin Benderman notified his commanders Dec. 28 that he was seeking a discharge as a conscientious objector. He refused orders to deploy with his unit Jan. 8 while the Army processed his objector claim. Benderman was charged with desertion and a second count that accused him of intentionally skipping his deployment flight.
January 12, 2005 |
An Army National Guard soldier said Tuesday that the inadequate training and equipment he received had led him to abandon his unit rather than face deployment to Iraq. "I guess I'm AWOL right now," Spc. Joseph Jacobo, 46, said in a telephone interview from the Los Angeles area. Among his concerns, Jacobo said, was that he had been unable to find anyone at his Texas training base who could fix his M-4 assault rifle, the primary weapon he would carry in Iraq. The weapon jams, he said.
January 6, 2005 |
The Marine charged with desertion after he claimed to have been kidnapped last year in Iraq was again declared a deserter Wednesday after he failed to return from a holiday leave. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun was required to return to Camp Lejeune by noon Tuesday, but did not report for duty in a motor pool, said Maj. Matt Morgan, a spokesman for the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Hassoun was still missing Wednesday, Morgan said.
December 10, 2004 |
A Marine corporal who disappeared in June from a military camp near Fallouja, Iraq, and later turned up with relatives in Lebanon -- claiming he had been kidnapped and held hostage -- was charged Thursday with desertion. Wassef Ali Hassoun of West Jordan, Utah, also was charged with loss of government property and theft of a military firearm, accused of leaving the Marine camp with his service pistol, and with theft and wrongful appropriation of a government vehicle.
December 2, 2004 |
U.S. Army deserter Charles Robert Jenkins will move to his wife's hometown in northern Japan this week, days after his release from U.S. military prison and almost four decades after he defected to North Korea, the Japanese government said. Jenkins, his wife, Hitomi Soga, and their two daughters will head Friday to the small island of Sado. A U.S. military court sentenced Jenkins to 30 days in jail last month. He was released Saturday after serving 25 days.