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Shiloh Sailor Who Hid Below Deck For A Week Will Face Court-Martial
The USS Shiloh sailor whose hoax disappearance on June 8 launched a massive seven-day rescue effort will now face court-martial, according to Stars and Stripes.
Mims, whose absence prompted a 5,500 square mile manhunt in the Pacific, was initially presumed dead after a 50-hour search carried out by aircraft from the USS Ronald Reagan along with destroyers USS John S. McCain and USS McCampbell and the Japanese Navy yielded no sign of life.
Mims turned himself over to fellow sailors on June 15 after they stumbled upon him hiding in one of the ship’s engine rooms. The Shiloh crew was preparing a memorial service at the time he was found.
After medical examination and questioning, Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Mims was placed in the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar brig since June 21, ahead of formal charges, Navy spokesman Cmdr. Clay Doss told Stars and Stripes in an email on June 26.
Doss added that more information would become available after the conclusion of an ongoing Navy investigation. However, the Action News Jax reported that Mims was actively trying to evade fellow sailors searching for him aboard the Shiloh.
“This matter remains under investigation, but early indications are that he had taken steps to avoid being found by other Sailors, who were actively attempting to locate him,” Pacific Fleet Lt. Cmdr. Matt Knight said in a statement to Action News Jax.
The charges have not yet been released, and the date of the court martial has not been made public.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA
Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
Todd Robinson's upcoming Vietnam War drama, The Last Full Measure, is a story of two battles: One takes place during an ambush in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, while the other unfolds more than three decades later as the survivors fight to see one pararescueman's valor posthumously recognized.
With ISIS trying to reorganize itself into an insurgency, most attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are being carried out by Shiite militias, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.
"In the time that I have been in Iraq, we've taken a couple of casualties from ISIS fighting on the ground, but most of the attacks have come from those Shia militia groups, who are launching rockets at our bases and frankly just trying to kill someone to make a point," Grynkewich said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.