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April 1, 1998 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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OPINION
February 22, 1998 | CHARLES JACO, Charles Jaco, a CNN correspondent during the Gulf War, is the author of a novel about chemical and biological warfare, "Dead Air," to be published in March by Ballantine Books
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.
NEWS
September 24, 1997 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 17, 1997 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 7, 1996 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
June 18, 1993 | H. G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Convicted Air Force deserter James Douglas Pou was locked up in a Navy brig here Thursday, facing new charges after his escape this month from a March Air Force Base jail. Chief Petty Officer Martin Wicklund, Navy spokesman in San Diego, said Pou, 33, surrendered at the Miramar Naval Air Station brig at 1:20 a.m. He was driven to the Navy jail by his civilian defense attorney, Paul Nestor of Orange County.
NEWS
June 10, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Sailor Aaron Ahearn, who went AWOL from his ship in what he called a protest of orders requiring him to dump garbage overboard, will face court-martial for his actions, the Navy said Wednesday. Ahearn, 21, of Santa Cruz was charged with two counts of being away without leave from his ship and one count of missing a troop movement. Possible penalties include a bad conduct discharge, six months confinement, loss of pay and reduction in rank.
NEWS
April 29, 1993 | From Associated Press
A sailor who says he deserted his ship nearly three months ago because he refused to dump trash into the ocean has turned himself in and asked to be considered a conscientious objector for environmental reasons. Aaron Ahearn, 20, who served in the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln's sewage and garbage disposal maintenance unit, underwent questioning on Wednesday after his surrender the night before, a Navy spokesman said.
NEWS
November 16, 1992 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Doug Pou knew that his years on the run as an Air Force deserter were over the day a Bell Ranger helicopter hovered over his house to take photographs. The staccato blast of the chopper's engine was the final clue. Soon, the world would know all the sordid details surrounding the disappearance and "death" of Staff Sgt. James Douglas Pou, member of an elite rescue unit, and a man who was once considered a living legend in the Air Force.
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