Lance Cpl. Harry Lew was with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, in Afghanistan when his life unraveled.
As first reported last week, Lew committed suicide in April after he was allegedly hazed for falling asleep on post. Struggling to handle the stress, he put the muzzle of his M249 Squad Automatic Weapon in his mouth and pulled the trigger, according to a report outlining a military investigation into his death.
In its print edition this week, Marine Corps Times outlines what happened in significantly more detail. Leveraging nearly 100 pages of documents and interviews with Lew’s father and Marine officials, I lay out what happened in a full-length cover story. Many details haven’t been previously reported, including a look at the history of hazing in the battalion.
This week’s Marine Corps Times also has a fantastic interview with reggae star Shaggy, who left the Corps as a private first class in the 1990s. The artist behind “Boombastic” and other songs, he made lance corporal more than once, but got busted down repeatedly. Still, he credits the Corps with a lot. It’s a great read.
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