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Friday, June 17, 2005

ANOTHER SOLDIER KILLS FELLOW TROOPS, SUPERIORS

From www.newsmax.com

ARTICLE:

U.S. Army Sgt. Charged With Murdering His Commanders
NewsMax.com
WiresFriday, June 17, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S. military charged a staff sergeant from the New York National Guard with murdering his two commanders at a base outside Baghdad, in what is believed to be the first case of an American soldier in Iraq accused of killing his superiors. The military initially concluded that the June 7 deaths of Capt. Phillip T. Esposito, of Suffern, N.Y., and 1st Lt. Louis E. Allen, of Milford, Pa., were caused by a mortar round. But this week the military charged Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez of Troy, N.Y., with two counts of premeditated murder, according to a statement issued in Baghdad on Thursday.
Martinez, 37, is a supply specialist with the Headquarters Company of the 42nd Infantry Division, New York Army National Guard. Esposito, 30 and the father of a 1-year-old girl, was company commander and Allen, 34 and a father of four, was a company operations officer.
The "fragging" incident occurred near Tikrit - Saddam Hussein's hometown 80 miles north of Baghdad - at Forward Operating Base Danger in what used to be one of the ousted Iraqi leader's palace on the banks of the Tigris River.
Fragging is a term used to refer to soldiers killing their superiors.
The military initially concluded the commanders were killed by "indirect fire" on the base - a mortar round that struck a window on the side of the building where Esposito and Allen were.
A criminal investigation was launched after it was determined that the "blast pattern" at the scene was inconsistent with a mortar attack.
Martinez is believed to have allegedly used some kind of explosive device, possibly a grenade, in the attack, military officials said on condition of anonymity because the matter was still under investigation.
He was charged with two counts of premeditated murder, said a statement by the Multinational Task Force in Iraq. He currently is at a military detention facility in Kuwait.
His alleged motive was unclear. He has been assigned a military attorney and has the option of hiring a civilian lawyer, authorities said.
"Staff Sgt. Martinez has been and will continue to be afforded the extensive rights under the Uniform Code of Military Justice," military spokesman Col. Billy J. Buckner said.
U.S. military officials in Iraq declined to comment further.
Martinez's family had been touched by a string of recent tragedies, a neighbor said Thursday. He had recently lost his home to a fire and moved back to his childhood residence with his father in Troy, an industrial city along the Hudson River just north of Albany, longtime neighbor Barbara Prevost said.
His mother also had died in recent years, Prevost said.
"They've had a lot of tragedy already," she said.
The 42nd Infantry Division took over from the 1st Infantry Division in January and is responsible for a vast section of northern and central Iraq.
Martinez, who joined the New York Army National Guard in December 1990, was deployed to Iraq in May 2004.
Allen was a science teacher at George F. Baker High School in Tuxedo, N.Y., and was deployed to Iraq just a few weeks ago. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and four sons, ages 1 to 6.
Esposito is survived by his wife and 19-month-old daughter.
The Tikrit case is at least the second known incident in which a U.S. soldier has been charged with killing his comrades during the Iraq war.
In April, a sergeant in the Army's 101st Airborne Division was convicted of murder and attempted murder for a grenade and rifle attack that killed two officers and wounded 14 soldiers in Kuwait during the opening days of the 2003 invasion.
Hasan Akbar, a 34-year-old Muslim who was sentenced to death, told investigators he staged the attack because he was upset that American troops would kill fellow Muslims.
Fragging entered the American lexicon in the Vietnam War.
Such incidents increased late in the 1960s as the strains grew on a draftee army waging an unpopular war. Young men feeling hassled or unnecessarily put in harm's way by their commanders settled their grievances with a fragmentation grenade or a bullet in the back.
Between 1969 and 1971, the Army reported 600 fragging incidents that killed 82 Americans and injured 651. In 1971 alone, there were 1.8 fraggings for every 1,000 American soldiers serving in Vietnam, not including gun and knife assault

10 Comments:

  • At 10:32 PM, Blogger TDCG23 said…

    If he did it, KILL HIM!!!

     
  • At 8:02 AM, Blogger owdbob said…

    HANG HIM IN HIS CELL.

     
  • At 9:52 AM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    If he's guilty, have him lined up and shot like they did Private Slovick for desertion. Desertion is one thing, murder definitely merits execution.

     
  • At 3:08 PM, Blogger Kevin said…

    Nick,

    I wanted to remind you that the gay parade you promised to march in with me this year is coming up next week!!!

    Be sure to wear your leather (the stretchy outfit you have)! Also, could you stop in Montrose before you leave and pickup some KY and the like. I am sure it will come in handy later in the evening and I don't want you to forget it.

    Remember how many guys you met last year?? ...wouldn't want to disappoint.

    oh yea -- the blog comment...
    ummm... well it really doesn't fucking matter what anyone writes on here. fortunatly for the world, the contributors to this site shouldn't find themselves in any sort of empowered position, so I don't really care. I guess arrest him, send him back, make him stand trial, lock him up. I would also suggest extensive psychological profiling on him so that we can have a better idea of what to look for in the future with this sort of thing.

    see ya next week Nickie

     
  • At 5:31 AM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    Kevin, get a life. And one more thing, I ain't gay. If you wanna go to the parade, that's YOUR perogative. Someone's been drinking the Kool Aid I see.

    Profiling? When certain terrorists come from a country and fit a certain criminal background and are part of a radical sect, that's not profiling, that's minimally observant. Were it not for certain lawyers and their threats of suits, security could stop hijackings and attacks a hell of a lot better than they are now. Answer to that prob: Patriot Act.

    And let me say, shoot this traitor, on live TV.

     
  • At 12:54 PM, Blogger Kevin said…

    yea... you're right, the patriot act is fucking brilliant.

    i feel safer everyday and especially enjoy hearing that our government is getting more permission to do whatever they want to citizens.

    and umm, the guy wasn't a terrorist (or so you wouldn't say anyways). He fragged an officer -- remember the story? So, I said to profile him to see what the fuck was on his mind, therefore using that to watch out for other potential frags.

    And finally, Nick, I never said you were gay... I know, you're just experimenting, but it's still fun. Call me when you're driving up here. Don't forget the KY!!!

     
  • At 1:30 PM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    Fun? WTF is wrong with you? Eesh. No experimenting. At all. Not even curious. You must be confused.

    How did this go from military justice to frickin KY?

    Leave it to a liberal to stray off track.

     
  • At 2:06 PM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    FYI, we haven't been attacked inside the US in a major way, since THE PATRIOT ACT was passed.

    What a frickin coincidence.....

    I prefer some safety in a time of war, and getting back to normal later, than being TOO SOFT and letting the enemy win.

    I'm willing to give up a few things. Why? Cause I don't intend on going to jail anytime soon. And I don't intend on doing anything to merit federal prosecution. That's why I am comfy with the good guys catching the bad guys, with all means necessary and proper, to paraphrase part of what Alexander Hamilton said.

     
  • At 12:20 AM, Blogger Kevin said…

    I'm sorry I suggested that you are gay. I hope that it hasn't caused you too much grief around the office with people reading your blog and all.

    BTW, I am really looking forward to seeing you next week!!! 8>

     
  • At 3:04 PM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    What the freak ever.

    Where was this subject again? Oh yeah, shooting, hanging, or draw-and-quartering terrorists and traitors?

    Any of the above suit me just fine. WSY Bob?

     

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