U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mackenzie Carter
A Marine Corps recruit hazed by his Parris Island drill instructor suffered chemical burns so severe that he required skin grafts to his rear end, the Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe reported today.
The injuries occurred in December 2012 at Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, when the recruit was ordered by his drill instructor “to perform unauthorized exercises under an upside-down laundry bin on a floor covered in bleach and required to stay in his wet pants for hours,” according to the Post. The severity of the incident came to light after Lamothe received documentation about the case from the Marine Corps as part of a larger Freedom of Information Act request on hazing incidents in the service.
The drill instructor, Sgt. Jeffrey VanDyke was convicted in 2014 on “numerous allegations of cruelty and maltreatment, assault and failure to obey a lawful order in the case,” Lamothe writes. VanDyke has been accused by other recruits and even drill instructors of abusing would-be Marines; prior to his conviction, VanDyke was ordered to stand down from training recruits for three days after he grabbed a recruit by the throat, according to the Post.
The recruit, whose name was withheld from the report, was required to stay in his wet clothes for hours before he told another drill instructor about his burns. As his condition worsened, he had little choice but to drop out of training to seek help:
“The burned recruit did everything he could to continue training, applying burn cream repeatedly even as he performed exercises and went to the rifle range. Eventually, the pain was too much and received treatment from doctors on base and nearby hospitals.”
The recruit received skin grafts to his buttocks from pig and cadaver skin at an undisclosed burn center in nearby Charleston, according to internal documents. But the injury worsened, from second- to third-degree chemical burns. The recruit was told by medical authorities that “his skin had been liquefied by the bleach,” and he was sent for more possible skin grafts later that month.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
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