De Oppresso Liber… Really?

After becoming so familiar with the case of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, the man whose life and wrongful conviction are chronicled in my book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, I find it ironic that the motto of the U.S. Army’s elite fighting unit, “De Oppresso Liber,” means “to free the oppressed.”

Stewart, a highly-decorated combat veteran, became “the oppressed” after a German woman falsely accused him of raping and kidnapping her in Germany in 2008.  His pain increased after a trial that took place during three days in August 2009 and an Army court-martial panel found him guilty of a variety of counts despite a lack of any evidence and a lack of any eyewitnesses, among other things.

Read the basics of what happened to Stewart, and I think you’ll find it quite ironic, too.  It might even cause you to want to read the whole book.

Three Days In August is available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.

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