Between Col Murphy and LCDR Diaz, it’s been a tough month for judge advocates. Here’s an excerpt from the Marine Corps Times story on the Hadithah charges:
Capt. Randy W. Stone, 34, a legal officer who was assigned as 3/1’s battalion staff judge advocate. Stone is charged with two counts of dereliction of duty for negligently failing to ensure reporting and investigation of an alleged law-of-war violation and one count of violating a lawful order for failing to ensure the allegations were reported and thoroughly investigated.
From that description, I can’t tell whether he’s a judge advocate. Does anyone know?
[UPDATE: the AP article on the Hadithah charges refers to him as a “military attorney.”]
Also, note this excerpt from President Bush’s 30 August 2005 speech marking the 60th anniversary of VJ Day:
Fifty years ago we saw that character and that courage in men such as Leon Stone, who was a young Navy sailor aboard the battleship West Virginia, supporting the Marines at Iwo Jima. We saw that courage in men such as Jim Simpson, who was one of those Marines. They didn’t know each other, but they came together to fight for America’s security. They came together to join a mighty force that defeated the Japanese empire. Jim Simpson and Leon Stone did finally meet one day when Leon’s son and Jim’s daughter got married.
And today, their grandson, Captain Randy Stone, carries on a proud family tradition. Captain Stone is a Marine officer now serving in Iraq. He knows that he and his generation are doing the same vital work in this war on terror that his grandparents did in World War II. He also knows how this struggle will end. Randy says, “I know we will win because I see it in the eyes of the Marines every morning. In their eyes is the sparkle of victory.” (Applause.)
Captain Stone proudly wears the uniform just as his grandfathers did at Iwo Jima. He’s guided by the same convictions they carried into battle. He shares the same willingness to serve a cause greater than himself. Many of you grew up with dads and granddads who have similar stories about their World War II service. They’re the modest sons of a peaceful country. And a grateful nation thanks them for their sacrifice that preserved our freedom and our way of life. (Applause.)