KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A retired Marine major’s company was accused of killing up to 19 innocent civilians but was proved innocent, fights today to clear the stigma attached to them.
Fred Galvin was a company commander of MARSOC Fox Company and says he’s continuing the longest fight he’s ever been in since he left Afghanistan, according to WDAF Kansas City.
Galvin retired after serving 20 years in the Marine Corps, but what haunts him the most about his time in service happened while serving in Afghanistan in March, 2007.
“As we roll into that town, I mention in our vehicle- watch out- and as soon as I said that- our second car blows up,” he said.
Galvin says his unit was immediately attacked when they entered a town in Afghanistan. Subsequent reports and investigations accuse Galvin’s company of murdering as many as 19 civilians.
Galvin said that is simply not the case.
“That started the beginning of the end of the first Marine Raider Company,” he said.
After lengthy court inquiries and a polygraph proving his innocence, he maintains that the Marines were not exonerated.
“We acted appropriately, so there was no innocent, there was no not guilty,” he said.
He feels there’s a stigma that follows him and his fellow Marines around, even though the Marine Corps says he “acted appropriately.”
“The three out of four of us who were married have become divorced,” he said. “The reason I’m an entrepreneur is we were unable to get jobs.”
He’s spent eight years fighting to get the documents de-classified to prove his case… that they’re innocent.
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