Lieutenant Kendrick, in your opinion was Private Santiago a good Marine?
I would say he was about average.
Lieutenant, you signed three Proficiency and Conduct reports on Santiago and in all three reports you indicate a rating of below average.
Yes, Private Santiago was below average. I did not see the need to trample on a man's grave.
Well, we appreciate that but you are under oath now and I think as unpleasant as it may be we'd all just as soon hear the truth.
I am aware of my oath.
Lieutenant, these are the last three Pro-Con reports you signed for Lance Corporal Dawson. Dawson received two marks of exceptional, but on this most recent report dated June 9th of this year he received a rating of below average. It's this last report I'd like to discuss for a moment.
That would be fine.
Lance Corporal Dawson's ranking after the school of infantry was perfect. Records indicate that more than half that class has since been promoted to full Corporal while Dawson has remained a Lance Corporal. Was Dawson's promotion held up because of this last report?
I'm sure it was.
Do you recall why Dawson was given such a poor grade on this last report?
I'm sure I don't. I have many men in my charge, Lieutenant. I write many reports.
Lieutenant, do you recall an incident involving a PFC Curtis Bell who had been found stealing liquor from the Officer's Club?
Yes, I do.
Did you report Private Bell to the proper authorities?
I have two books at my bedside, Lieutenant, the Marine Corps Code of Conduct and the King James Bible. The only proper authorities I am aware of are my commanding officer Colonel Nathan R. Jessup and the Lord our God.
At your request, Lieutenant, I can have the record reflect your lack of acknowledgment of this court as a proper authority.
Sustained. Watch yourself, Counselor.
Did you report Private Bell to your superiors?
I remember thinking very highly of Private Bell, of not wanted to see his record tarnished by a formal charge.
You preferred that it be handled within the unit.
Yes, I most certainly did.
Lieutenant, do you know what a Code Red is?
Yes, I do.