After more than a year of waiting, the family of Sgt. Donald Walters has finally learned the truth about what happened to their son. The Oregon
National Guard has released details claiming that Sgt. Walters was not killed during an ambush?the same one in which Jessica Lynch was captured?but
rather he was captured by Iraqi fighters, then executed.
Sgt. Walters was apparently held separately from his fellow captives, and then shot twice in the back. Investigators confirmed the account of his
death given by an Iraqi ambulance driver who was present at the time of his death, by matching his DNA to blood spatters on the wall. Investigators
say they are treating this as a war crime, and have several suspects?most of them Fedayeen rebels.
According to reports, some of the actions attributed to Lynch, such as fighting until running out of ammunition, were actually the actions of Sgt.
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Walters "was held separately from his fellow soldiers and killed while in custody," according to a National Guard news release.
"He was executed ? shot twice in the back," Guard spokesman Maj. Arnold Strong said in a telephone interview Thursday. "An Iraqi ambulance driver
witnessed six Fedayeen rebels standing outside a building guarding him while he was still alive. That same witness evacuated his dead body to a
It was several hours between the time he was seen being led into the building and his body was brought out, the Guard said.
Investigators, Strong said, "have a pool of suspects," presumed to be members of the Fedayeen paramilitary force who captured Walters. Lynch and
others were taken captive by different Iraqi forces. Lynch was rescued from an Iraqi hospital April 1, 2003, while seven others captured in the ambush
were freed 12 days later.
Defense investigators confirmed the account by matching Walters' DNA to blood splatter on the wall where he was executed, Strong said. He died from
two gunshot wounds to the back, fired from more than 20 feet away, according to Strong's account of the investigation findings.
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This is good timing for the family as Memorial Day approaches. They will at least be able to honor their son as he deserves. It is strange that
Jessica Lynch said so many times that she never fired a shot, yet was so often attributed with the valorous defense of her fellow soldiers. And, for
those who are keeping score, this execution took place before the Abu Ghraib scandal. What is the excuse this time?
[Edited on 28-5-2004 by Banshee]