I came across an article today in the McCook (Neb.) Daily Gazette that reminds me a lot of the story told in my nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice.
The article recounts the story of Capt. Steve Berry, an Army defense attorney, and eight Special Forces soldiers he represented after they were accused of murdering a triple-agent in their midst during the height of the war in Vietnam.
As it turned out, the defense team’s evident willingness to pull out all the stops prevented the soldiers from being sacrificed for reasons of political correctness and charges against them were dismissed in September 1969. For more details, order Berry’s 1984 book, “Those Gallant Men.”
Fortunately for the soldiers involved, their case took place 43 years ago when men were more willing to stand up for what was right and just. Unfortunately for Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, his case took place more recently and in a world where political correctness is allowed to run amok.
Though the list of charges against Sergeant Stewart did not include murder, he was convicted, sentenced to prison and branded a “sexual offender” despite no physical evidence or eyewitnesses being presented at his trial during three days in August 2009. In the end, a highly-decorated combat veteran was allowed to be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.
All of the horrific details of Sergeant Stewart’s trial, conviction and appeals process can be found in my book, Three Days in August. Based on extensive interviews and never-before-published details taken from the actual Record of Trial, it paints a portrait of military justice gone awry that’s certain to make your blood boil.
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