Frederick William Dame
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THIS IS IMPORTANT!!! THIS IS IMPORTANT!!! THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!
Posted by Ed Brown on Sep 24, 2013
in Afghanista, Featured, Leavenworth10, Pentagon Terrorism, Washington, D.C. / 0 Comments
Twenty eight year old of North Texas was recently found guilty of two counts of murder in the July 2012 killing of two suspected fighters in a remote sector of . Lorance was sentenced to 20 years in , dismissed from the army and must forfeit all pay. He was found not guilty of making a false official statement.
Prosecutors insisted Lorance ordered his men to open fire on unarmed civilians which violates the ‘s official – a policy that requires them to hold their fire unless there’s evidence of hostile action or direct hostile intent. , a government prosecutor, told the jury
Lorance’s defense argued that the village being patrolled was under Taliban control and had long since been vacated by all known civilian inhabitants due to constant violence and warfare. In fact, Lorance had just taken command of that particular platoon because in the days prior they had suffered several losses – including the loss of their prior commander. Lorance’s very presence in the situation was a testament to the “” and definitive “ that U.S. troops had come to expect in that district.
——-background of Lorance
was born on December 13, 1984 and is a North Texas native who grew up in the town of . He was a member of the FFA as well as a Police Explorer throughout High School who also worked 3 jobs simultaneously to help cover household expenses as well as prepare for moving out on his own when he turned 18.
On the day of his 18th birthday Lorance walked into the Army recruiting station in Greenville, Texas and joined the Army as a Military Policeman. Upon graduating from Basic Training and AIT he shipped off to his first duty assignment in Pusan, South Korea. His next duty station was in Fort Richardson, AK, stopping briefly at Fort Benning, GA to earn his Airborne Wings.
As part of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team in Alaska, Clint deployed for his first deployment to Iraq from September 2006 to November 2007, initially a 12 month deployment which turned into a 15 month deployment. Lorance was then assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 4th BCT and deployed to Afghanistan in March 2012 to Southern Afghanistan. During his deployment, Clint was the squadron’s liaison officer to the commander until selected to become a platoon leader.
——–setting the stage
Lorance’s patrol, consisting of 16 US Infantrymen, 5 Afghan National Army Soldiers, and 1 US Interpreter, left their Strong Point early in the morning on July 2nd 2012 headed to a remote village within the Kandahar sector of Afghanistan for a combat patrol.
Traveling on foot with electronic mine-sweepers in the front due to the heavily mine-riddled terrain, Lorance was in constant contact with overhead US Army helicopter pilots who had warned Lorance over the radio of enemy presence to the North, East and West of the Platoon’s position on the ground. Lorance confirmed with the pilots a good description of the enemy, and pilots continued to track and provide overhead surveillance for LT Lorance’s platoon.
As the patrol approached the village they spotted 2 individuals who were sitting on a motorcycle at a distance observing the patrol’s movement. The individuals matched the exact description that the Army pilots had relayed to Lorance moments earlier.
It's common practice for Taliban fighters to use wshat the US calls "s[otters". This is a tactic that the Taliban uses to communicate with one another and track the movement of platoons, just as it was apparently doing in the case of Lorance's patrol
Official intelligence reports for the area identified personnel owning or operating a motorcycle as Taliban because as I mentioned earlier, there was no local population living there. The local population had long since moved out of the area because it had been taken over by the Taliban. Essentially, if they were in the area, they were up to no good and if they were in that area perched upon a motorcycle sitting stationary there was little doubt they must have been Taliban scouts intent on divulging the existence and whereabouts of Lorance’s platoon – as had obviously happened just days prior when the same platoon was attacked in the same geographic location – losing several men.
——– his decision
Realizing the situation afforded him just seconds to react, Lorance made the decision to protect his troops by preventing the scouts from relaying back to the Taliban any further information as the platoons whereabouts by ordering a trained US marksman, who was standing guard in an overwatch position from the road on a US gun truck, to fire two long-
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