Marines investigate corporal who vanished in Iraq
U.S. Marine Corp officers are launching a formal investigation into whether a Lebanese-American Marine deserted his unit in Iraq or later after returning to the United States.
A spokesman for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune said July 24 that Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun is being investigated for alleged desertion, destruction of government property and larceny. He faced those charges a decade ago after disappearing from his unit in Iraq with a 9 mm service pistol and a Humvee.
A photo of a blindfolded Hassoun turned up on Al-Jazeera television a week after his 2004 disappearance. Hassoun soon contacted American officials in Beirut, Lebanon, saying he’d been kidnapped.
He returned to Camp Lejeune, but disappeared again later months later while visiting his family in Utah. AP
Veteran says he was forgotten in VA clinic
A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran’s Administration.
Jeffrey Duck told WKMG he arrived as a ìwalk inî patient at the clinic around 1 p.m. Monday and sat in a consultation room for more than three hours before realizing he was alone in the building.
Duck says he was worried he’d be accused of trying to steal something so he took cellphone video of himself walking around the lobby. That set off the alarm. So, he called 911.
The Veteran’s Administration issued an apology to Duck July 22 and said they are reviewing their closing procedures.
Duck says he isn’t angry, just disappointed. AP