Disabled Army veteran and US Congressman from Florida, Brian Mast sent a letter today to Major General James F Glynn, head of Marine Forces Special Operations Command calling for the end to the prosecution of the last two members of the, “MARSOC -3.” In 2019, three members of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command got into an altercation with an intoxicated civilian contractor both inside and outside of a bar in Irbil Kurdistan. One of the Marines was physically attacked by the contractor, who was a former Green Beret prompting one of the other Marines to throw a single punch which knocked the contractor to the ground unconscious. The three Marines then took the injured man back to his room on the base and watched him overnight to make sure he was okay despite his state of intoxication. The next morning a friend of the contractor who took over observing him, left and returned to find that the contractor, Rick Anthony Rodriguez had vomited and choked to death on it.(Editors’s note. Rodriquez died in the hospital four days later, not in his room).
No charges were filed at the time of the alleged offense, but 10 months later all three were charged with a variety of UCMJ violations in relation to the incident. Charges against the Navy Corpsman, Navy Hospitalman Chief Petty Officer Eric Gilmet, were later dropped over claims that the Marine Corps Judge Advocates office prejudiced his ability to mount an effective defense while the Marine Corps left the other two Marine Raiders looking at up to 22 years in a military prison.
Congressman Mast’s letter today to Major General Glynn which was also copied to Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro Marine Commandant General David Berger, and USSOCOM Commander General David Clark is published below in its entirety.
SOFREP has followed the story of the MARSOC-3 with interest since charges were filed. You can read more about our coverage of this case and the Marine Raiders and Sailor involved in it here.