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October 20, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Air Force weapons officers assigned to secure nuclear warheads failed on five occasions to examine a bundle of cruise missiles headed to a B-52 bomber in North Dakota, leading the plane's crew to unknowingly fly six nuclear-armed missiles across the country. That August flight, the first known incident in which the military lost track of its nuclear weapons since the dawn of the atomic age, lasted nearly three hours, until the bomber landed at Barksdale Air Force Base in northern Louisiana.
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October 20, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine lieutenant colonel and a lance corporal have been ordered to stand trial on charges stemming from the 2005 killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, the Marine Corps announced Friday. Of eight initial defendants in the case, they are the only two who have been ordered to court-martial. The case involves the largest number of civilian deaths of any alleged abuse case involving Marines in Iraq. Lt. Col.
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October 5, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A hearing officer has recommended that a Marine staff sergeant be tried on negligent homicide charges in the deaths of five women and two children in Iraq, but predicted that the prosecution would fail. Lt. Col. Paul Ware, in a report to a top general, recommended that murder charges against the sergeant be dropped in the deaths of 12 other civilians in November 2005 in the Iraqi town of Haditha. The case against Staff Sgt. Frank D.
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September 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A 20-year-old soldier who paid someone to shoot him in the leg to avoid being redeployed to Iraq will serve one year in jail, prosecutors said. Jonathan Aponte spent his first tour of duty in Iraq as a supply clerk on a military base and was never involved in combat, the Bronx district attorney's office said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- A drill instructor whose motto was "pain retains" kicked, hit and cursed recruits and forced an injured recruit to perform strenuous exercises that made his injury worse, a Marine prosecutor alleged Monday at the instructor's court-martial. Sgt. Mark A. Delarosa made a recruit with a fractured ankle repeatedly stomp his foot and taunted him with, "Does it hurt? Good. I don't care. Stomp your feet," the prosecutor told the jury at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A fourth drill instructor has been criminally charged in the alleged abuse of recruits at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot here, officials said Friday. Iraq veteran Sgt. Mark A. Delarosa, 25, is facing court-martial on charges of assault, cruelty and maltreatment, violating an order and making false statements. The trial, set to begin Monday, is listed as a special court-martial, meaning that he faces a maximum of one year in the brig.
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September 7, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine facing murder charges in connection with the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqis in Haditha, Iraq, told a hearing officer Thursday that he shot five men as they ran away from a roadside bomb explosion that killed a Marine and injured two others. Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, 27, making an unsworn statement at the end of his Article 32 preliminary hearing, denied shooting any of the other 19 Iraqis slain in and around three houses in the Euphrates River Valley town on Nov. 19, 2005.
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September 6, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Three senior Marine officers have been given letters of censure for failing to launch a war-crimes investigation of the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, the Marine Corps announced Wednesday. The letters will go into the personnel files of Maj. Gen. Richard A. Huck, who was commanding general of the 2nd Marine Division; Col. Robert G. Sokoloski, a lawyer who was chief of staff to the division while it was in Iraq; and Col. Stephen W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
CAMP PENDLETON -- In past months, Marines from here have been charged with killing Iraqi civilians and prisoners. Now a different kind of allegation has surfaced: A Marine is in the brig awaiting court-martial accused of murdering an Iraqi soldier with his bayonet while the two were assigned to a nighttime sentry post at Camp Fallouja. Marine Lance Cpl.
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September 1, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A Marine squad leader executed five Iraqi men after a roadside bomb blast killed a Marine and then told squad members to falsely claim that the men were shot while running away, a member of his squad testified Friday. Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz said he saw Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich fire his M-16 at the five as they stood beside a taxi in which they had been riding in the Iraqi village of Haditha, some with their hands locked behind their heads.
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