jmusmc85 saidAny crazy military stories to tell???
Hundreds. But related to this...
A drunken soldier beat up another guy in our training barracks, for no apparent reason. The victim was lying on the floor next to his bunk, semi-conscious and bleeding. I ran to the CQ room and had an ambulance and the MPs called.
When the ambulance arrived the medics were strangely cold and disinterested. (The MPs never did appear) Seeing the poor care they were giving the victim (I was the trainee leader of the squad he was in) i told the medics I was coming along, disregarding their objections, simply jumping inside when they told me I couldn't.
In the Econoline ambulance van the injured soldier couldn't sit upright. I asked the 2 medics for help, suggesting a stretcher. They sat up front and told me to take care of it myself. The man was choking on his blood, and I was reaching inside his mouth to clear his airway as I had been trained for combat operations.
They dropped us off at the hospital emergency room, not even getting out of the ambulance. I tried to walk the guy inside, he was still semi-conscious, and get the attention of someone. He was put into a curtained exam room, while I waited outside.
Meanwhile all hell was breaking loose in the ER. It was monthly payday, something that doesn't exist these days, when the soldiers were all paid in cash. And they would go to the enlisted clubs and drink themselves into a stupor and have fights.
So as I stood there the MPs were hauling these drunk guys in. And one soldier was literally carried in prone at shoulder height by 4 MPs, screaming and fighting, while a fifth MP was pounding him with a nightstick. I had never witnessed such pandemonium in my life.
My squad member was admitted overnight, and I went back to our barracks. He came back the next day, and a week later he approached me. He was being charged with all kinds of crimes like resisting arrest, the charge sheet clearly indicating to me that he had somehow been confused in the hospital paperwork with the soldier I saw being carried into the ER by the MPs.
He was assigned a JAG officer whom I contacted, and I testified on his behalf at the Court Martial, that this was all a case of mistaken identity. He got convicted anyway, despite being totally innocent, to several months of hard labor in the stockade.
It shattered my belief in any justice system.