Robert Semrau is now a civilian, he shouldn’t be, but he is. He was convicted of disgraceful conduct for a battlefield mercy-killing. The enemy soldier that he killed was severely wounded, disemboweled and one leg shot off. The AFA Commander said that the enemy wounded would neither be treated nor evacuated.
“The Afghan soldiers readied the wounded soldier for death by wrapping his head in a scarf”. He was going to die, a horrible painful death that might have lasted hours. Capt. Robert Semrau put his life on the line and led by example. He made a difficult choice that day and stands by it.
I’ve put serious thought into this; I believe what he did was right. If I were to be mortally wounded, no chance for survival and in agony, I would bless the person that showed mercy and put me out of my misery.
As far as I’m concerned, the “disgraceful conduct” has been committed by those who have condemned Capt. Semrau. A bunch of desk-bound politically oriented bureaucrats, who have never been in a theater of war, let alone on the front lines. How were they able to judge him? Wasn’t there any Command Level combat veteran Officers available? Oh... right, he might have gotten off, can’t have that now can we?
I know life isn’t fair, but this takes it to a whole new level of WTF. Robert Semrau is the type of soldier that I would want on my 6, anytime.
To Capt. Robert Semrau and all our personnel who are in harm’s way, God bless and stay strong.—Not So Proud Vet - aka Hugo