A Marine recruit will be separated from the Corps after violently attacking a fellow recruit at the Parris Island depot in South Carolina.
According to the injured recruit’s family, the incident took place on Easter Sunday when 20-year- old Morgan Brown was in the rehab platoon, nursing a stress fracture. He’d been in there since early March after sustaining an injury to his hip during a training run.
On March 27, another recruit attacked Brown while he was in his wheelchair — leaving him unconscious with three facial fractures, according to the Beaufort Gazette.
Brown’s father — a Virginia National Guard vet — told the paper that he only learned of the attack after receiving a letter from his son on April 4. The Marine Corps did not notify him about what happened, he said.
According to Morgan Brown, he tried to break up a fight between two other recruits after they got into a heated verbal altercation. Morgan says he backed away (in his wheelchair) after one of the recruits threatened him verbally.
The last thing he remembers is going back to his footlocker to get a book. The next thing he knew, he was being woken up by the rehab platoon’s drill instructor.
The younger Brown told his dad that the attacker returned to the same barracks after the incident and continued to “intimidate him and other recruits.”
The identity of the attacker is not being released at this time, but a Marine spokesman says he is “being processed for separation from the Marine Corps for his disciplinary actions.”
According to a letter Brown wrote on April 22, he sat in on an NJP (non-judicial punishment) as a witness. He said the offender received one week’s pay for one month and the NJP on his record forever.
Brown’s family has submitted a FOIA request for and IGMC investigation relating to this incident.
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