MARINE COLONEL FORCED TO RETIRE
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Bar-hopping in Bogota cost a Marine colonel his career. But at least he got to keep his pension and retire without loss of rank.
Roger McDuffie and two other USMC fliers got themselves in big trouble down in Columbia when they decided to go out on the town and have a few drinks. At least one of them, it turned out, was spiked, and McDuffie, according to the NCIS report, was so zonked he was wandering around from bar to bar "like a zombie."
His two cronies were equally blitzed and ended up not only falling-down drunk, but were robbed of their cash and U.S. government property they had with them. It was one of the most embarrassing incidents with U.S. military in that South American nation since an Army colonel's wife was nailed for smuggling drugs into the U.S.A.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
The adventure began at the popular Ugly American Bar and Grill in Bogota. If the Jarheads had just stayed put, they wouldn't have wandered into an off-limits area of town where scheming whores were ready to spike their drinks and make fools of the trio of Marine Corps aviators.
The U.S. Southern Command (Marines) ruled the officers broke curfew, consorted with prostitutes, and engaged in conduct "unbecoming an officer." A board of inquiry found McDuffie was guilty of "substandard performance" and "failure to demonstrate acceptable qualities of leadership required of an officer in his grade."
However, the bird colonel caught a break when the board decided to let him retire as an 0-6. It was apparently enough that the former enlisted man leave the Corps right away. If he'd been busted back to light colonel rank, McDuffie would have found his unfortunate pub crawl to be a lot more expensive than it turned out to be.
"TELL IT TO THE MARINES" - THE CORPS HAS