TWO ARMY GENERALS RALLY BEHIND
FORMER AIDE TO GEN. OMAR BRADLEY
IN DEMAND FOR RETURN OF DISPUTED
HANDGUN – CARLISLE BARRACKS
COMMANDANT GEN. DAVID HUNTOON
URGED TO DO “RIGHT THING” AND
CORRECT “A GRIEVOUS MISTAKE”
PRESSURE BUILDS TO RECOGNIZE
CHARLES HONEYCUTT AS RIGHTFUL
OWNER – “ATF DOCUMENTS PROVE THE
GUN IS HIS,” SAYS BARRACKS OFFICIAL
“ON CONDITION OF ANONYMITY”

© MilitaryCorruption.com – 2005

Two retired Army generals – one a close confidant of the late Gen. Omar Bradley, and the other, chaplain to Mrs. “Kitty” Bradley, who passed away last year – have come out in support of the beloved military leader’s longtime aide.

Brigadier Gen. Arch Hamblen of Virginia, and his fellow “one-star,” George Vogel of California, told MilitaryCorruption.com in a joint statement they “fully support” Charles Honeycutt’s contention he is the sole owner of a limited-edition .45 caliber handgun that Carlisle Barracks, Pa. officials insist is their property.

“We have known Mr. Honeycutt for many years,” the flag officers said, “and consider him a man of the highest integrity. His loyal service to Gen. and Mrs. Bradley is beyond reproach.

“Charles has informed us that, in front of a Bradley family member, he expressly told Conrad Crane of Carlisle Barracks, not to remove the gun from Mrs. Bradley’s home in California when the Army took possession of estate items left it in Kitty’s will.

“We have seen the official papers issued by the Dept. of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and are convinced Mr. Honeycutt is the owner of this valuable sidearm.

“As fellow general officers to Barracks Commandant, Maj. Gen. David Huntoon, we wish to publicly urge him to do the right thing – to admit the gun was taken in error; apologize to Mr. Honeycutt; and discipline those responsible for creating this unfortunate and embarrassing incident.

“A grievous mistake has been made, and we hope Gen. Huntoon will move swiftly to return to Charles Honeycutt his rightful property,” Hamblen and Vogel said. “For the sake of the Army, and everyone involved.”

HONEYCUTT HURT BY BARRACK’S TREATMENT

“I don’t know if I can be as charitable,” Honeycutt told MilitaryCorruption.com. “They [the Carlisle Barracks Command] have put my wife and I through a living hell.

“If it wasn’t for WHTM-TV (ABC) in Harrisburg, Pa., they [Carlisle Barracks] might still be stonewalling me as to whether or not they even had my property.”

[As reported in earlier stories on this web site, Honeycutt’s repeated requests for a “yes or no” answer from the Barracks staff judge advocate office was met with “delays” and “questions answered by other questions.”

When the Harrisburg television station sent a crew to the Army post and refused to be put off by official “spin,” the Carlisle Barracks public affairs officer finally admitted they did have the gun. That it was the Honeycutt weapon, was confirmed when WHTM reporter Ali Lanyon compared the serial number on it with that listed on Honeycutt’s ATF ownership papers.]

“I will forever be grateful to Channel 27 for the public service they performed in establishing that fact,” Honeycutt said.

The former Bradley aide said he is meeting with his attorneys to decide on whether or not to sue the Army and Carlisle Barracks for “grabbing” his property and “trying to conceal their theft.”

“It is a federal crime to illegally transport a stolen weapon across state lines, punishable by ten years in prison and a $15,000 fine,” Honeycutt said.

“I intend to see to it that all such laws are not only obeyed, but enforced.”

“The Barracks knew I was in poor health, the 67 year-old resident of Desert Hot Springs, Calif. told MilitaryCorruption.com. “I’ve had a heart attack and my kidneys are failing. I live with pain every day. Perhaps they figured I’d die soon and they would avoid having any further problem.

“Well, I have a strong fighting spirit, and no matter how much they jerk me around, I will not quit until they return what is mine! It’s not a question of money, although the handgun is valuable. It’s the enormous sentimental value of the weapon, issued in Gen. Bradley’s name. I want to be able to pass it on to my son once I am gone. And I’m not about to let greedy and capricious people at Carlisle Barracks take it from me!”

DISSENT INSIDE THE ARMY INSTALLATION

Military members and civilian workers on post, still terrified after a particularly vicious “witch hunt” at the installation several months ago, intended to cut off sources of information to this web site, are reluctant to talk “on” or “off the record” about the scandal.

But one mid-level official at the Barracks, a civilian worker, agreed to comment “on condition on anonymity.”

“Now that major stories have appeared in the Harrisburg PATRIOT-NEWS, the Carlisle SENTINEL and on local radio stations about this incident – that – coupled with your excellent reporting on this outrage – it’s putting the heat on the Command.

“If only Huntoon would show the least bit of leadership, he’d stop the bleeding and return the Bradley aide his property. Now! It’s simple. But they’ve circled the wagons, just like so many times in the past, and won’t admit to doing anything wrong. That’s just plain stupid! Don’t they know the ATF documents prove the gun is his [Honeycutt’s]? Case closed.”

The worker said “sentiment on the Barracks” is strongly against the “official position.”

“It looks like hell for them [the Command] to be bullying an old man, trying to take something not theirs. But to be so contemptuous and abusive towards the former aide to Gen. Omar Bradley, well, that isn’t going to help AHEC [Army Heritage and Education Center] when it comes to getting donations. When is someone at the Pentagon going to get on the phone and tell Huntoon to clean up this mess before it’s too late?”

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We are grateful to those of you out there who have contacted us with information and allegations of theft of government property – principally rare books from the Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks – but we need to know about other items that were donated by unsuspecting citizens and veterans that were later turned into cash. Please e-mail us . Your identity will be protected.]


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