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Board Votes to Discharge Tea Party Marine

A general will make the final decision.

Update: 1:01 a.m. Friday.

An administration separation board has recommended Sgt. Gary Stein be discharged from the Marine Corps, according to an early morning post on his Facebook page, "Armed Forces Tea Party."

The Temecula resident — and 9-year veteran of the Marine Corps — was put on notice of a possible violation of the Uniform Code of Justice after he said on Facebook that he would not follow certain orders from the president.

He later clarified the comments, saying he would not follow any unlawful orders from the commander-in-chief.

The board will recommend he receive an "other than honorable discharge" and his rank be reduced to lance corporal, the North County Times reports. 

Thursday's hearing lasted 13 hours, the page reported and the board deliberated for 41 minutes.

The final decision will be made by Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commander of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot san Diego.

Stein is in good spirits according to the Facebook post:

"Gary's chin is up and he is in good spirits has he know that this fight not over but just started. He swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and will continue to do so!"

A post on Stein's personal page emphasized that message:

"On to the Next Fight."

— City news Service contributed to this report.

luckyfreeman April 24, 2012 at 02:31 AM
This LTC from Virginia is pretty good here..Thanks for your input ...Keep them on the run......
luckyfreeman April 24, 2012 at 02:36 AM
LTC John Eidsmoe.... Thank You the guys trhat actually served honorably should be represented to...make it fair for all...whats this annesty for all the draft dodgers and the ones that renunced thioer citizenship..then they had thier records expunged and the guys that seved still have those art 15s in our files for life...give them hell Sir ! !
Virginia April 24, 2012 at 04:21 AM
To: Brent E. White..... I have been remiss in not thanking you for your support.... publicly; will do that now. Thank you. This is the first time I have ever written to a comment section, in anything, but I felt that Sgt Stein was made a patsy for everyone and it is not fair. I feel bad his superiors did not stick up for him.....how does an enlisted man have faith and trust in their superiors when everyone sees them back down and "show him president is boss".....make him an example...... not fair, not to Sgt Stein, not to all of the other thousands of EM personnel, and not to our country......it used to be freedom of speech is our right.....now it seems to be "freedom of speech is our right.....as long as the guys upstairs like it........it is just another sad "modern" story......
TVOR April 24, 2012 at 04:18 PM
You, like others who have posted here, seem to lack a basic understanding of the requirements of military service. A person must be willing (and swear an oath) to give up certain rights afforded to the average citizen because the critical nature of our military's missions requires it. There is no room for dissent in the ranks. The survival of freedom for the average citizen depends on it. I gladly suspended some of my rights for the honor of serving my country. If we were to allow military members to create dissent in the ranks then our military would fall apart or there would have to be harsh measures implemented to restore order. Sgt Stein knew he was playing with fire and he got himself burned. He needs to simply learn from the experience and move on.
Virginia April 24, 2012 at 04:37 PM
TVOR......Of course you are correct on all that you have said....and I agree with the theory......but soldiers are still human and still a citizen.....plus....whether you like it or not....most of what he said is true. As far as lacking the basic understanding of the requirements of military service, let me tell you I was an Army wife for over 16 years. And, whether you believe it or not, the wives are a big part of the military and live by pretty much the same rules.....and put up with the same stuff. I love the military and am very proud of our men and women in the service. My husband was in the Korean war....spent a year in the hospital.....retired in 1973. There was never a Master Sargeant more loyal to this country....but he still complained now and then. He was a DI for ten years.....loved the Army life and we traveled the country and the world. Don't judge too harshly......have a great day.

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