- ISBN/SKU: 9781612510491
- Binding: Hardcover
- Number of Pages: 240
- Subject: Military History
- Date Available: April 2014
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Throughout American military history there have been incidents whereby men and women of all services have run afoul of the system. Questionable Conduct: Criminals, Rouges and Victims of Military Justice is a series of stories of individuals who through their acts, their failure to act, or through a confluence of circumstances found themselves in an adversarial position with the United States military, beginning with the first court-martial of a native American that predates the country itself.
Individuals profiled in the book include Pvt Thomas Hickey, Mutiny/Sedition (1776); Captain John P. Reily, Desertion (1848); Lamdin P. Milligan, Conspiracy/Inciting Insurrection; Major Henry Wirtz, War Crimes/Murder (1865); Cadet Johnson C. Whittaker, Conduct Unbecoming an Officer/Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order; Camp Logan Incident, Mutiny/Riot (1917); German Sabotage Operation Pastorious, Treason/Sabotage (1942); Fort Lawton Court Martials (Rioting/Murder (1944); Port Chicago Court Martials, Mutiny (1944); 2nd LT Jack R. "Jackie" Robinson Court Martial, Insubordination (1944); Freeman Field Mutiny, Disobedience of Orders (1945); Pvt Eddie Slovik USA, Desertion (1965); and Sgt Charles R. Jenkins USA, Desertion (1965).
Many were court-martialed, some were hanged, one was shot by a firing squad and others were exonerated. Some incidents were covered up by the military or by the Washington hierarchy.
The purpose of the book is to bring to light events and individuals often overlooked by historians and unknown by the general public, and to acknowledge that guaranteeing military justice within the context of military service, especially in the midst of armed conflict, is both a challenge and a necessity in a free society.
James E. Wise Jr., was a former naval aviator, intelligence officer, and Vietnam veteran, retiring from the U.S. Navy as a captain. His books include The Silver Star, The Navy Cross, Stars in Blue and U-505, among many others. He died in the summer of 2013.
Scott Baron served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and worked for over a decade in Law Enforcement prior to earning his master’s degree in teaching. He is the author of They Also Served – Military Biographies of Uncommon Americans and seven books with co-author James Wise for the Naval Institute Press, including Women at War, Dangerous Games, Silver Star, The Navy Cross and The 14-Hour War. He teaches the U.S. Constitution in Salinas, CA.