Jame R. “Boots” Beatty of Aiken received the Bronze Star on Saturday, 73 years after it was awarded. Beatty, a special forces commando, never talked about his service. Beatty was presented with the decoration at a surprise family gathering.
A Sumter man is your Average Joe next door – who also happens to enjoy building Batmobiles. Dr. Phillip Latham is unveiling his second car at this week’s air show at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.
Although a new survey shows that one of every three victims of sexual assault in the U.S. military now reports it, a record high, fear of retaliation and a culture of loyalty to their peers still prevents thousands from doing so.
It’s an “attention gainer,” according to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s Capt. Greg Carroll, an activity that presents recruits with a scenario that forces them to grapple with sacrifice and duty. And it’s no longer used at the depot. But some recruits recently on Parris Island experienced it firsthand — and called it hazing.
Two dozen new hazing investigations show recruit abuse and mistreatment has been reported in each of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island’s four training battalions. Some of those documents, obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, show allegations of drill instructor-to-recruit misconduct ranging from name-calling to serious physical assaults. One found “a staggering level of misconduct and recruit abuse” and recommended three Marines for courts-martial.
Mary Phillips Gettys, 96, of Rock Hill, South Carolina, widow of former U.S. Congressman Tom Gettys and World War II Navy WAVES veteran, was honored Tuesday with the Daughters of the American Revolution National Award for Women in American History.