4 Arrested Marines Named in Long Beach Gay Beating

The Camp Pendleton Marines have posted bail and have returned to their units.

Four Camp Pendleton Marines who were arrested after a fight at a Long Beach gay bar have been identified by their unit.

Cpl. Lewis Serna, Pfc. Thomas Pentek, Pfc. Sean Miller and Lance Cpl. John O'Leary were arrested after a fight Monday at a Belmont Heights gay bar called The Silver Fox.


The four Marines are out on bail and have returned to their units, according to Maj. Manuel Dela Rosa, of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

"This is an isolated incident," he stated. "Committing any hate crime is unacceptable behavior and is not tolerated in the Marine Corps."

To watch the alleged victim of the attack and the Good Samaritan who attempted to intervene, click here.

John B. Greet September 08, 2012 at 03:50 AM
I depart from some of my conservative bretheren and sistren on the issue of gay rights. "DOMA" was as asinine as it was extra-constitutional and seeking, as the Republican Party does, to amend the Constitution to define marriage would be equally asinine and entirely inappropriate. That said, I think it is a far and torturous stretch to attempt to lay this incident to any degree at the feet of current political rhetoric. Regardless of what *may* happen following the election, in *every* branch of the current military, LGBT folks are permitted to serve openly and "straights" are ordered to accept and respect them. Those straights who do not follow those orders are subject to military discipline, just like these four marines most likely will face, and rightly so.
Shitface September 08, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Smoke weed
CPL BELTBUCKLE September 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM
@WATT and @FRANK.Greet jsuk a MARINE CPL is a LEADER, its called small unit leadership and seeing that it doesnt look like eithier of you know what your talking about when it comes to marines shut your mouth and worry about someother bullshit misinformed news story. @John thank you for being well educated and giving the marines a chance at just dumb luck, but i do want to say that bar fights happen everynight and nobody says anything but oh a group of marines beat up a gay person its all their fault ever think maybe this so called victim wasnt a victim he possibly could have provoked the marines and we protect our own.
Watts September 13, 2012 at 08:15 AM
I get that ranks mean something within the isolated world of the military, but don't fault anybody outside of that for not knowing ranks (and certainly not anybody like myself who was actually trying to find out more about it). If you ever take a step outside of the military, you will probably realize that such subtleties of ranks really don't mean much in the real world. I know somebody right now who held a fairly impressive specialized rank in the Army, who now sells a commodity at barely minimum wage. Your service to the country means a lot. The rank while doing it, to the vast majority of the world, doesn't mean anything. If you are going to be hot and heavy about the appreciation and/or understanding of ranks in the general population, then you better plan on a military life where this means something.
Watts September 13, 2012 at 08:27 AM
John, you apologize half heartedly, too easily and too obviously. You know, as well as anybody reading your posts that you are not the zen god that you pretend to be. I will give you that you have a fairly straight eye on legal issues, but that is where it ends. Why I or anybody else that you try to call out can't pick apart every single instance and nuance is because we aren't retired. I already waste more time than I should with this admittedly addictive type of ideological parlaying. And while I know that the lack of a retort to very single post that you take the time to put on here, gives you what would appear to be a logistical win to the casual reader; I also know that you understand this leverage, which is why you intentionally go back to every thread to make sure that you have the last post. Even this thread was only a mishap that I stumbled back to see what you had tried to close with and I know that you will most likely again try to get that last post in here, knowing that nobody can spend as much time on this site as you.


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