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With the facts of his death murky, an investigation will see if a Marine was killed in Iraq by friendly fire
Investigators are looking into the possibility that a Marine Raider was killed by friendly fire in Iraq, U.S. military officials told Task & Purpose on Monday.
Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer died on Aug. 10 of "injuries sustained during combat action in Iraq," according to Marine Forces Special Operations Command.
The Pentagon's initial news release, which did not name Koppenhafer, said he had been killed, "After being engaged by enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations."
As part of the investigation into his death, U.S. military officials will look into whether Koppenhafer might have been accidentally killed by U.S. or Iraqi forces, Nancy Youssef of the Wall Street Journal first reported on Monday.
Much about the circumstances surrounding Koppenhafer's death remain unclear. U.S. officials stressed that the investigation will look into all possible causes of death, not just friendly fire.
Roughly 5,200 U.S. troops are currently serving in Iraq as part of the campaign against ISIS, said Army Lt. Col. Earl Brown, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command.
Koppenhafer is the third U.S. service member to die in Iraq this year. Two other U.S. troops have been died of non-combat injuries: Army Spc. Michael T. Osorio died on April 23 in Taji; and Army Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley died on April 20 in Ninawa province.
In Syria four Americans killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in January: Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, Defense Department civilian Scott A. Wirtz, and Defense Department contractor Ghadir Taher.
Editor's Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
In the wake of a heartwarming viral video that was featured everywhere from Good Morning America to the Daily Mail comes a disheartening revelation: The 84-year-old self-described Army nurse cranking out push-ups in her crisp Vietnam-era uniform might not be who she said she was.
Maggie DeSanti, allegedly a retired Army lieutenant colonel who rappeled out of helicopters in Vietnam, was captured in a video challenging a TSA agent to a push-up competition ahead of a flight to Washington, D.C., with the Arizona chapter of the organization Honor Flight on Oct. 16. The video soon was everywhere, and many who shared it, including Honor Flight, hailed DeSanti's toughness and spirit.
‘Nice girls don't join the military': New commander of Air Force refueling squadron proves her critics wrong
The summer before sixth grade, Cindy Dawson went to an air show with her father and was enamored by the flight maneuvers the pilots performed.
"I just thought that would be the coolest thing that anybody could ever do," she said, especially having already heard stories about her grandfather flying bombers during World War II with the Army Air Corps.
So by the first day of school, she had already decided what she wanted to be when she grew up.
We salute the 93-year-old WWII veteran who refuses to retire, and opened up a 'boozy bakery' instead
Peach schnapps, sex on the beach, and piña colada may be familiar drinks to anyone who's spent an afternoon (or a whole day) getting plastered on an ocean-side boardwalk, but they're also specialty desserts at Ray's Boozy Cupcakes, Etc, a bakery in Voorhees, New Jersey run by a 93-year-old World War II veteran named Ray Boutwell.
A former senior Coast Guard official has been accused of shoplifting from a Philadelphia sex shop.
Rear Adm. Francis "Stash" Pelkowski (Ret.) was accused of stealing a tester item from Kink Shoppe on Oct. 8, according to an Instagram post by the store that appeared online two days later. In the post, which included apparent security camera footage of the incident, a man can be seen looking at products on a counter before picking up an item and placing it in his pocket before turning and walking away.
The Instagram post identified the man as Pelkowski, and said it wished him "all the best in his retirement, a sincere thank you for your service, and extreme and utter disappointment in his personal morals."
SAN DIEGO —The Marines say changes in the way they train recruits and their notoriously hard-nosed drill instructors have led to fewer incidents of drill instructor misconduct, officials told the Union-Tribune.
Their statement about training followed an Oct. 5 Washington Post report revealing that more than 20 Marines at the San Diego boot camp have been disciplined for misconduct since 2017, including cases of physical attacks and racist and homophobic slurs. The story also was published in the Union-Tribune.