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By Patricia Kime: Supreme Court: Retirees Can Be Court-Martialed for Crimes Committed After Service
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Defense Department’s authority to prosecute retired service members for crimes they commit, even after retirement.
The court on Tuesday chose not to hear the case of a retired Marine who was court-martialed for a sexual assault he committed three months after leaving the service in August 2015. By not accepting the case, Larrabee v. the United States, the court upheld the status quo: that military retirees are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who was killed in action during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle for Henderson Field in the Guadalcanal Campaign, and the Navy Cross posthumously for extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was the only enlisted Marine to receive both of these decorations in World War II.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 3, 1940, after serving three years in the United States Army with duty in the Philippines. He was deployed to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and in August 1942, he took part in the invasion of Guadalcanal. In October, he and two other Marines used machine guns to hold off an attack by a far numerically superior Japanese force. In February 1945, he was killed in action on the first day of the invasion of Iwo Jima, after he single-handedly destroyed an enemy blockhouse and led a Marine tank under fire safely through a minefield.
He has received many honors including being the namesake for streets, military locations, and two United States Navy destroyers.
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Your Job In Germany
This training film was made in 1944 for U.S. Army occupation forces in Germany following World War II. It explains the mindset of the German people and advises American soldiers how to act. The film was written by Theodor Geisel (later known as Dr. Seuss) and produced by famed film director Frank Capra. Warning: Some parts of this video may now be considered culturally insensitive.
Old Army Cartoon Private Snafu
Army Capt. Theodor Geisel, famously known later as Dr. Seuss, contributed to the creation of the World War II cartoon series Private SNAFU, which was meant for Army personnel only. In this episode, Snafu writes an uncensored letter about censored information, eventually learning the dangers of revealing such information to the public. Warning: Some parts of this video may now be considered culturally insensitive.