WNU Editor: This blog has been following Will Swenson’s career since news of his involvement in the Battle of Gangal became known (23 posts and counting). This blog has also been a fierce critic on how the US Army and the Pentagon have treated him
I know I just said I wasn’t going to write about this, and really, I can’t without seeing red.
CPT Swenson only received his (entirely justified) Medal of Honor through the efforts of the Marines, not the Army.
This incident with CPT Swenson’s neighbors being badgered by Army CID agents as to his whereabouts (prior to his return to active duty) is because there was the outside possibility, based on a review on Amazon that CPT Swenson might have been a witness to an alleged war crime involving MAJ Golsteyn, who’s utterly shabby treatment has also been a topic here on the blog. And it’s not like Matt Gallagher wasn’t somewhat badly treated.
In the end, MAJ Golsteyn was never charged with any crime, but the Army seems bound and determined to hound him out of the service.
If there is good cause for that, by all means, do so. But do so in a thoroughly transparent manner. Spell out his transgressions, and why they merit the treatment he and CPT Swenson have faced.