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Encyclopedia > Frank Wuterich
Frank Wuterich
Place of birth Meriden, Connecticut
Allegiance USMC
Rank Staff Sergeant
Unit 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom

Frank Wuterich (born circa 1980), is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and is alleged to have participated on 19 November 2005 in a war crime in Haditha, Iraq, where the Marines are accused of having killed 24 civilians after a Marine had died in an insurgent attack. Meriden is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. ... United States Military Staff Sergeant insignia (U.S. Air Force) Staff Sergeant is the fifth enlisted rank in the U.S. Air Force, just above Senior Airman and below Technical Sergeant. ... 3rd Battalion 1st Marines (3/1) is an infantry battalion in the United States Marine Corps based out of Camp Pendleton, California consisting of approximately 1000 Marines and Sailors. ... For other uses of the term, see Iraq war (disambiguation) The 2003 invasion of Iraq (also called the 2nd or 3rd Persian Gulf War) began on March 20, 2003, when forces belonging primarily to the United States and the United Kingdom invaded Iraq arguably without the explicit backing of the... United States Military Staff Sergeant insignia (U.S. Air Force) Staff Sergeant is the fifth enlisted rank in the U.S. Air Force, just above Senior Airman and below Technical Sergeant. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the context of war, a war crime is a punishable offense under International Law, for violations of the laws of war by any person or persons, military or civilian. ... Haditha, Iraq Haditha (حديثة) is a city in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar, about 240 km northwest of Baghdad. ... The Haditha killings (also called the Haditha massacre) occurred on November 19, 2005 in Haditha, a city in the western Iraqi province of Al Anbar. ... The Iraq resistance movement is the armed resistance by diverse groups to the coalition occupation of Iraq. ...

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Background

Wuterich grew up in Meriden, Connecticut, and graduated from Orville H. Platt High School in 1998. He was well known as an honor student, jazz trumpet player, and drama club president. In his senior year of high school Wuterich enlisted in the Marine Corps. He originally intended to join the Marine Corps Band, but was not accepted.[1] Before going to Iraq, Wuterich was stationed in Hawaii, and later at Camp Pendelton, California, as an instructor at Marine Combat Training (MCT). MCT is essentially a condensed version of the School of Infantry (SOI), and teaches basic infantry skills to Marines who will work in non-infantry occupations (and since "every Marine is a rifleman", all non-infantry Marines must attend MCT). At this school, he was described as level headed and taught his young and older Marines to follow orders. In Hawaii he met his wife Marisol, and they have since had three daughters.[2] This was the first tour of duty in Iraq for Wuterich. Meriden is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is near Oceanside, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


Haditha killings

According to news reports Wuterich was the senior Marine on patrol (no commissioned officers being present), and after the killings, allegedly lied to his commanding officers by stating that 15 of the dead Iraqi civilians were killed in the same IED explosion that touched off the incident.[3] Already Time magazine reported that military investigators had placed Wuterich in at least two of the houses in which the killings took place.[4]


On 11 June 2006, the Washington Post reported a detailed account of Wuterich's version of events as related through his attorney, Neal A. Puckett. [5] June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... ...


Many news reports have contradicted Wuterich's version of events, stating that the Marines entered several houses and deliberately killed civilians. Besides photographic evidence of the killings provided by Iraqi journalism student Taher Thabet, a young Iraqi girl who survived by hiding described watching the Marines shoot her family members systematically.[6] Taher Thabet is an Iraqi journalism student and human rights worker. ...


Since being named in news reports in connection with the killings, several of Wuterich's family members have spoken out in his defense. Wuterich's father, Dave Wuterich, told the Associated Press that “I just don't believe that he [Frank Wuterich] would do something like that.”[7] Wuterich's sister Maria Wuterich also came to his defense in a discussion at thinkprogress.org. Previously, Marisol, Wuterich's wife, had praised her husband in blog postings.[8] On 19 June, Marisol and Dave Wuterich were interviewed on the Fox News Channel show Hannity and Colmes. They both said that they back Frank Wuterich “100 percent”.[9] The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... June 19 is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 195 days remaining. ... The Fox News Channel (FNC), sometimes called Fox News or even just Fox, is a United States-based cable and satellite news channel. ... Categories: Television stubs ...


Captain James Kimber, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey R. Chessani, and Captain Luke McConnell according to a report by The Times on 29 May 2006 were all relieved of their duties on suspicion of involvement in the Haditha incident.[1] Captain is a nautical term, an organizational title, and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... James Kimber, age 33, is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and was removed from command regarding a hazing incident recorded and aired by the BBC He was removed with the commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey R. Chessani and the Captain Luke McConnell according to a report by... Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel is a rank of the United States armed forces which is currently used by the United States Army, United States Air Force and United States Marine Corps. ... Jeffrey R. Chessani is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and was the commanding officer 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines during the time of the alleged November 2005 war crime in Haditha, Iraq, where Marines in his battalion were accused of having murdered 24 civilians after one of... Luke McConnell is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps and was relieved of command following the alleged November 2005 war crime in Haditha, Iraq, where Marines under his command are accused of having murdered 24 civilians after one of them had been killed in an insurgent attack. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom since 1785, and under its current name since 1788. ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


On 2 August 2006, Wuterich filed a lawsuit naming Representative John Murtha (D-PA) as a defendant in a libel case. Wuterich's lawyers claimed that Murtha harmed Wuterich's image by his campaign of popularizing the Haditha incident.[10] August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... It has been suggested that civil trial be merged into this article or section. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... John Patrick “Jack” Murtha, Jr. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Official language(s) English, Pennsylvania Dutch Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... A defendant or defender is any party who is required to answer the complaint of a plaintiff or pursuer in a civil lawsuit before a court, or any party who has been formally charged or accused of violating a criminal statute. ... In English and American law, and systems based on them, libel and slander are two forms of defamation (or defamation of character), which is the tort or delict of making a false statement of fact that injures someones reputation. ... The Haditha incident occured on November 19, 2005 in the town of Haditha in Iraq. ...


More recently Wuterich's lawyers admitted at a news conference that Murtha identified Wuterich's squad and not Wuterich himself[citation needed]. Murtha also has said said he does not blame Wuterich for "lashing out"[citation needed].


Charges levelled

On December 21, 2006, the US military charged Wuterich with 12 counts unpremeditated murder against individuals and one count of the murder of six people "while engaged in an act inherently dangerous to others" [11]. While announcing the charges, Colonel Stewart Navarre said, "We now know with certainty the press release was incorrect and that none of the civilians were killed by the IED (improvised explosive device) explosion". December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


See also

United States Marine Corps Portal

Image File history File links USMC_logo. ... Peace Palace in The Hague Command responsibility, sometimes referred to as the Yamashita standard, or the Medina standard is the doctrine of hierarchical accountability in cases of war crimes. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Chedekel, Lisa. “In Defense Of A Son”, Hartford Courant, 13 June 2006. Accessed 13 June 2006.
  2. ^ Tanner, Adam. “Family, colleagues praise Marine in Haditha probe”, Reuters, 14 June 2006. Accessed 16 June 2006.
  3. ^ Ricks, Thomas. White House braces for damning report on Haditha, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 June 2006. Accessed 4 June 2006.
  4. ^ Duffy, Michael, Mcgirk, Tim, and Ghosh, Aparisim. “The Ghosts of Haditha”, Time Magazine, 4 June 2006. Accessed 16 June 2006.
  5. ^ White, Josh. “Marine Says Rules Were Followed”, The Washington Post, 11 June 2006. Accessed 16 June 2006.
  6. ^ Mcgirk, Tim. “Collateral Damage or Civilian Massacre in Haditha?”, Time Magazine, 19 March 2006. Accessed 22 June 2006.
  7. ^ Eaton-Robb, Pat. “Father Supports Marine in Haditha Probe”, Washington Post, 12 June 2006. Accessed 16 June 2006.
  8. ^ Tanner, Adam. “Family, colleagues praise Marine in Haditha probe”, Reuters, 14 June 2006. Accessed 16 June 2006.
  9. ^ Transcript of Hannity and Colmes, 19 June 2006. Accessed 22 June 2006.
  10. ^ "Marine Names Murtha in Defamation Suit"
  11. ^ "U.S. Marines charged with murder in Haditha". Reuters AlterNet. Accessed December 22, 2006.

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References

  • "One friend says Marine isn't capable of atrocities " by Alex Roth, The Union-Tribune. Accessed June 3, 2006.
  • "Friends Ponder Marine's Role In Haditha Killings" by Lisa Chedekel, The Hartford Courant. Accessed June 3, 2006.
  • "Marines Charge 4 With Murder of Iraq Civilians"

 
 

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