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    Default Air Force officer missing for 35 years found living in California

    Amazing story.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/11/us/mi...-jr/index.html

    A US Air Force officer with top-secret clearance who went missing in 1983 has been living under an assumed name in California, according to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.Capt. William Howard Hughes Jr. disappeared in July of 1983 after returning from duty in Europe. He was last seen in New Mexico withdrawing $28,500 from his bank account at 19 different branch locations, the Air Force said in a statement.

    Interviews with Hughes' friends and associates and inquirieswithlaw enforcement agencies in the US and abroad failed to locate him, the statement said, and he was formally declared a deserter on December 9, 1983.
    Then just a few days ago, the mystery that began more than three decades ago came to an end.

    "On June 5, during a passport fraud investigation, the US Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service interviewed an individual claiming to be Barry O'Beirne. After being confronted with inconsistencies about his identity, the individual admitted his true name was William Howard Hughes Jr., and that he deserted from the US Air Force in 1983," the Air Force said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabosaurus View Post
    What is amazing?
    If the freedom of speech is taken away
    then dumb and silent we may be led,
    like sheep to the slaughter.


    George Washington (1732-1799) First President of the USA.

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    Default Deserter.....?

    New Home....

    OR....if the Govt wants...a more tropical place...

    What Is the Penalty for Desertion in the Military?
    http://www.militarylawyer-defense.co...-the-military/
    Last edited by aboutime; 06-11-2018 at 08:21 PM.

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    I find it interesting that he managed to hide for so long except everything back then was on paper not a database. Was probably a lot easier to get a new identity.

    Unless someone decides to make an example of him, they'll probably lay some bad paper on him and get rid of his butt. There's not enough story there to even really guess.
    My quota of bullshit cop outs from closed minds is full today, Tomorrow's not looking good for you either.

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    Since he did not voluntarily turn himself in, throw the book at him!
    I have lost my mind. If found, please give it a snack and return it?

    "I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same of others"...John Wayne in "The Shootist"

    A Deplorable!

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    Default Is there a Statute of Limitations on Desertion

    UCMJ – United States Code of Military Justice
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    843. ARTICLE 43. Statute of limitations
    07. Trial Procedure
    http://www.ucmj.us/sub-chapter-7-tri...of-limitations
    (a) A person charged with absence without leave or missing movement in time of war, with murder, rape, or rape of a child, or with any other offense punishable by death, may be tried and punished at any time without limitation.
    Last edited by aboutime; 06-12-2018 at 09:33 PM.

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