Marine’s Parents Want Murtha Censured for Haditha Remarks


The parents of a U.S. Marine accused of killing three Iraqis execution-style in Haditha in late 2005 said Thursday they would ask Congress to censure Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) for saying that the Marines “overreacted” during the incident and killed civilians “in cold blood.”

“It’s too late for an apology,” Darryl Sharratt of Canonsburg, Pa., told Cybercast News Service after the hearing officer in the case, Lt. Col. Paul Ware, released an 18-page report recommending that all charges against Sharratt’s son, Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, be dismissed because his actions “were in accord with the rules of engagement and use of force.”

Sharratt said that he, his wife Theresa and other supporters of their 22-year-old son were planning to visit Martha’s office, and “we’re going to ask for more than an apology.”

“We need this man censured by our Congress,” he said, because “he denied my son — and the other Marines involved — their constitutional rights to a fair trial and a presumption of innocence.”

“This is what we’ve been fighting for in Iraq,” Sharratt added. “This is what we’ve been fighting for — what soldiers and Marines have been dying for — for the past 200 years.”

  4 comments for “Marine’s Parents Want Murtha Censured for Haditha Remarks

  1. July 13, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Dear Mr. & Mrs. Sharratt,

    I have to say, as a Gold Star Father, God Bless You & ALL of your extended family.

    It will be 4 yrs. ago this 20th of July, that I received the news about my oldest Son, Justin, being KIA in Iraq.

    Until that time, I believe that I understood it all…I realized, that night, that I didn’t have a clue.

    I have since, Thanked God Daily, that I was not the Father of a POW or MIA…when the news came out about the “charges” against your Son,Justin, I have prayed for you, your Son & also for myself & family that we were never faced with the hypocrisy & uncertainty that your Son & his fellow Brothers, as well as, you & your family have had to endure…

    I will stand shoulder to shoulder with you ANYTIME…ANYWHERE…


  2. George Wilhelm
    July 13, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Bless them for their Christian attitude in just asking for Censure. Had that been my son, I would only ask for 5 minutes alone with the Congressman … with a BASEBALL BAT!!

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