The Iraq War veteran and West Point graduate who first alerted the Marine Corps to the controversial photo of Marine snipers posing with a Nazi symbol flag is speaking out for the first time.
Waitman Beorn is a now a history professor in New Orleans. He also teaches at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. He spoke with Mother Jones in an exclusive interview about why he felt the need to report the flag photo to the Marine Corps' inspector general.
According to Beorn, there are two key points about the whole incident that the media has missed:
- This was not an isolated incident.
- The military, upon learning about the incident, acted swiftly and strongly.
Beorn told Mother Jones:
To read the entire interview with Beorn, click here.