This is part two of the untold story of the men from MARSOC Fox Company, and the leadership that failed them.

Now a retired lieutenant general, then-Major General Francis Kearney III was the SOCCENT commander ultimately in charge of Fox Company’s fate while in Afghanistan. He and his investigating officer both had significant impact on the biased outcome of this case. Kearney was later promoted to his third star and became the deputy commander of SOCOM, following his betrayal of the first Marine Special Operations Company.

As was mentioned in part one of this article, the importance of bringing this case back to the forefront is that the same officers who were instrumental in the destruction of the reputations of the MARSOC Seven are the leaders who now hold positions in the highest levels of our military, and who in retirement masquerade as experienced warriors, training our current young generation of military leaders to “hold people accountable,” unless it is their own son. But as this article reveals, Kearney never held his own son accountable for his—at best—questionable actions, when he condemned others for much less. These men are now part of the leadership that affects all of the military, not just a small part.

Along with then-Colonel Nicholson, Maj. Gen. Kearney demonstrated a willingness to ignore facts and evidence that were available, while picking and choosing sources en route to condemning MSOC Fox for their involvement in repelling a complex attack initiated by jihadis. In fact, NCIS investigation notes show that Kearney ordered MSOC Fox out of Afghanistan on 9 March, 2007, which is key because that is less than one day after his investigating officer had arrived at Camp Raider to interview the Marines. Bottom line: No findings of fact were gathered by Kearney at that time.

Excerpt from NCIS Vol 1-007, dated 9 April, 2007.

Regarding MARSOC Fox Company, Maj. Gen. Kearney’s SOCCENT command media release from April 11th, 2007, stated that “several women and children” were wounded or killed. The length of Kearney’s 11-page report to the media about what happened at the ambush site clearly shows that he fully discounted 100 percent of the Marines’ testimonies, and wholeheartedly accepted what the Afghans said about Fox Company killing civilians. This occurred without his investigating officer ever having proof of a single body, a single bullet, a drop of blood, or even a photo of a killed Afghan.

The Afghans had excellent reason to inflate the death toll. When the U.S. government provides $2000 U.S. dollars (the equivalent of four years’ salary for the average Afghan) to any Afghan citizen who alleged a family member’s death, the incentives were high enough to keep the death toll continually increasing from six, eight, 10, 12, 16, and finally, 19 alleged dead and 50 wounded. One high-level terrorist even cashed in on this U.S. taxpayer-funded payday. If any American citizen could expect the same payment of four years average U.S. salary, or over $200,000, without providing any first-hand proof, the line would likely have exceeded 19 alleged dead.

On 5 May, 2007, Fred Galvin took a polygraph test performed by Mr. Terrence Victor O’Malley, the president of the American Polygraph Association and one of the most qualified polygraph examiners in the United States with 25 years of experience. The results were very clear that Fred Galvin neither saw civilian casualties during the patrol, nor authorized his Marines to fire on civilians, nor saw any of his Marines leave their vehicles to fire at them. Fred Galvin had this to say to SOFREP: “I saw no civilians killed at all, and the attack happened at 9:03 a.m. on a flat road where we stopped for a minimum of five minutes and then slowly left the area. I was in a position to observe everything that our Marines shot at.”

Excerpt from a COI document that provides the conclusions of Fred Galvin’s polygraph examination, dated 28 June, 2007.

In the same media release regarding the “site cleanup after the incident,” it specifically cites that “seven journalists, representing eight different media outlets, complained that U.S. Marines and Afghan forces confiscated their equipment to delete any images.” It also stated that, “Marines expressly threatened journalists” with things such as, “delete the photographs or we will delete you.” Again, this is from a SOCCENT media release on 11 April, 2007, that was sent out to the press upon the completion of the battlespace commander’s (then-Col. Nicholson) 9 April, 2007 investigation finding that his own 3rd Brigade/10th Mountain Division soldiers did the “cleanup.” But Kearney has never corrected his false assumption in the press, which fueled the allegations of a massacre and cover-up.