Bipartisan Group Attempts to Clear Marines’ Names

Military wrongly accused company for killing two dozen bystanders in 2007

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., said, “These brave men deserve complete, public exoneration.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are sponsoring legislation to clear the names of a company of Marines cleared of killing bystanders in a 2007 firefight in Afghanistan.

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., introduced legislation that would require the U.S. Marine Corps’ top general to “issue a public document” to certify that members of Marine Corps Special Company Foxtrot were not at fault and “deserve to have their names cleared,” Military Times reported.

“These brave men deserve complete, public exoneration from the commandant’s office for a decade of improper public perception," said Jones, whose district includes the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base.

The military had attempted to imprison the Fox Company after false claims that the company killed more than two dozen innocent bystanders during a firefight on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Though they were later cleared of wrongdoing by a military tribunal, Fred Galvin, who led the company of commandos, told Military Times that their exoneration did not receive the same level of media coverage that the initial allegations did.

Galvin will attend a Thursday news conference with Jones, who will be joined by Reps. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Seth Moulton, D-Mass., all Marine Corps combat veterans.


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