WPO. He was waterboarded at VMI. His tormentors still got into the military.

Cadet gets disenrollment over-turned:

“The cadet planning to commission into the Army nearly lost his chance to become an officer. After he graduated from VMI in May 2020, the U.S. Army Cadet Command initiated disenrollment proceedings against him after learning about the lawsuit in a Post article, said his lawyer, David Sheldon.”

“Eventually, after a hearing in which the VMI graduate acknowledged his wrongdoing, the Army made its ruling, Sheldon said. He could become an officer.”


Discharge Upgrade Provides Marine Positive Future

After Discharge Upgrade, Marine Finally Finds a Reason to Live

“At the hearing, the Marine colonel in charge reads Hartnett’s record; and he says, here we have a promising young Marine until 1991. And then, the colonel asks, what happened? David Sheldon – the lawyer – says that’s the question no one had ever bothered to ask.

SHELDON: He could hear a pin drop in that room when he was describing the trauma that he had went through, and how it impacted upon him.”

National Public Radio Special Series:

Veterans And Other-Than-Honorable Discharges

Originally Aired:Heard on All Things Considered