Haditha Marine Father has a Conversation with John Murtha

Throughout this Haditha investigation our family has believed in the innocence of our son L/Cpl Justin Sharratt, we knew he was innocent. There are things I do not understand and I would like to find the answers. We do not seek revenge, but we would like to see justice. In a conversation with Congressman John Murtha, my questions still remain unanswered. With the help of the American people, I hope to find justice.

On Wednesday morning, July 17th I spoke with Congressman John Murtha via telephone from his Washington, DC office. We had a courteous conversation. I knew what to expect from a career politician and Congressman Murtha did not disappoint. Mr. Murtha avoided answering the hard questions and I was unable to press him for the answers. I wanted the conversation to remain amicable and decided to let him speak and avoid a heated confrontation.

At no time during the dialogue would Mr. Murtha acknowledge the impending exoneration of my son. I pressed him to use the word exoneration but the best I could get was “things seem to have gone well in your son’s Article 32. The General is a fair man and I believe he will do the right thing.” I replied, “Lt. Col Paul Ware presented a strong recommendation for exoneration and we are anticipating Lt. Gen James Mattis following this recommendation.”

Mr. Murtha asked me if I had served in the military. He recalled his visits with injured Marines, soldiers and sailors. He said he supports our troops and it is the war he does not condone. Mr Murtha believes combat operations in Iraq have put an enormous strain on our Armed Forces. The stress of combat situations has led our troops to kill innocent civilians. I pointed out to Mr. Murtha, “Our Haditha Marines are innocent until proven guilty.” It seems he is again denying our Marines their Constitutional rights of due process and the presumption of innocence. Mr. Murtha replied that we have a Marine (Mendoza) testifying that innocent women and children were killed in Haditha. I retorted that he is again believing the reports of the media and Mendoza was granted immunity for his lies. Mendoza has changed his testimony at least two times. NCIS may have threatened him with deportation and denial of US citizenship. This time I scolded him, “I witnessed their(NCIS) conduct first hand in my son’s Article 32.”

I questioned Congressman Murtha as to his statements of 17 May 2006. On national television, in front of millions of Americans, he stated “Marines killed innocent civilians in cold blood.” I asked him why he denied these Marines their Constitutional rights of due process and the presumption of innocence. Again the Congressman used his experience to side step the answer. Mr. Murtha stated his intentions were to point out the stress our military was under in Iraq. He replied we would not win the hearts of the Iraqi people by killing women and children. I again snapped, “Our Haditha Marines have not been convicted of killing innocents and are innocent until proven guilty.”

I believe this conversation was the first step in obtaining justice for Our Haditha Marines. I did not expect Mr. Murtha to admit to or apologize for any wrongdoing in his role to railroad my son and his Marine comrades. The American people now know that his unfounded and untruthful allegations were used to further his political agenda. It is my intention to ask the Congress of the United States to censure Representative John Murtha and hold hearings to explain his conduct in respect to the Haditha incident. I will ask the American people to question his blatant disregard for the Constitutional rights of Our Haditha Marines. I will campaign to the voters of Pa Congressional District 12 to oust Representative Murtha from his elected office. The American people deserve better, we must demand better representation from our elected officials.

Darryl Sharratt
Proud American, Proud father of L/Cpl Justin L. Sharratt

Editor’s note: Mr. Sharratt lives is Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional district which John Murtha represents.

Related previous posts:

July 22, 2007: Officer’s case dismissal recommendation for Haditha Marine: NY Times misleads

July 18, 2007: Father of slandered Marine emails Congressman Murtha

July 16, 2007: A presumption of innocence: I’ll deliver your email to suddenly silent John Murtha

July 13, 2007: Marine’s Parents Want Murtha Censured for Haditha Remarks

July 12, 2007: Congressman John Murtha should apologize or resign, or both

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  11 comments for “Haditha Marine Father has a Conversation with John Murtha

  1. July 26, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    It appears that LtCol Ware may be skeptical about charges in this case, as he was in LCpl Sharratt’s case.

    http://dreadnaught.wordpress.com/2007/07/25/haditha-update-lcp-tatums-article-32-days-6-and-7/

    yojoe

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  3. Rubin
    July 25, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    re: Sen. Murtha

    How in the Hell have we reached a point so low in our history that a sitting Senator can break his sworn duty and oath to protect our Constitution and escape the full scrutiny from our “free press” while doing so?

    How in the Hell have we reached a point so low in our history that a sitting Senator could break his sworn oath to protect our Constitution and escape the sword of Justice for doing so?

    Is our Justice System so dysfunctional that our trusted servants within cannot help that blindfolded Lady Justice holding her sword and scales?

    Is our Citizen government so broken that it cannot at least censure the Senator until we can eject him from the Senate?

    How in the Hell has leadership of the once great Democrat Party permitted one of their own to repeatedly stab our Heroic Marines in the back even though they are in the midst of a vicious War in Iraq against Terrorism?

    It all points to a corruption so foul that it makes this American’s blood boil.

    Yes The Truth has singled out the one who has tarnished the honor of the United States Marines.

    We must stand united against Sen. Murtha and vanquish him, for he and his ilk represents a greater danger to America than the hate-filled terrorist who pierced our Nations Heart on 9/11.
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    mods plz strike the first draft and replace with this one if you have the time, thanksinadvance!

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  4. Rubin
    July 25, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    How in the hell have we reached a point so low in our history that a sitting Senator can break his sworn duty and oath to protect our Constitution and escape the full scrutiny from our “free press” while doing so?

    How in the hell have we reached a point so low in our history that a sitting Senator [Murtha] could break his sworn oath to protect our Constitution and escape the sword of Justice for doing so?

    The corrupt leadership of the Democrat Party
    has had over a year now to correct this heinous injustice suffered by our American Citizen Marines by one of their own.

    Who will champion Justice in this case?

    Is our Justice System so dysfunctional that our trusted servants within cannot help that blind warrior Lady Justice holding the scales?

    Is our Citizen government so broken?

    The honor of the United States Marines has been tarnished by this criminal called Murtha.

    We must stand united against this Constitutional usurper Sen. Murtha and vanquish him, for he and his ilk represents a a greater danger to America than the hate-full terrorist who pierced our Nations Heart on 9/11.

  5. Buck Smith
    July 24, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    Mr. Sharrat,

    Murtha libeled your son. Please make him pay for his offenses. I am so ready to contribute to financing a legal team to sue Murtha for libel and I am sure I am not alone!

  6. July 23, 2007 at 1:24 am

    I had the honor of speaking with Darryl last Thursday, the 19th of July…

    It was a very “good” yet emotional conversation between two Fathers’, one who was greeting His Son, Justin, the next day, after an emotional roller coaster ride; that, hopefully, will soon come to a screeching halt…

    The other Dad was facing the fourth year anniversary of His Son, Justin’s, death in Iraq; the next day…

    In My case there was some closure; in their ordeal of “living Hell” it has lasted for over a year of “not knowing”…

    Almost or maybe worse than having a loved one that is MIA or a POW; because it’s the very folks that we should be able to believe in who are making the allegations against them…

    Darryl’s Son Justin enlisted in the United States Marines on 28/7/03…the same day that My Son, Justin, was buried…

    With loss comes gain; My oldest Grandchild celebrated Her 3rd birthday on Friday the 20th…The Jordan’s (whose Son, Jason, died right beside My Son) Granddaughter celebrated Her 6th birthday on Friday…

    We “All” need to count our blessings…

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