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03-19-2016, 02:21 PM
The 13-year wait for 2 widows and a congressman comes to an end

By Kristina Wong - 03/16/16 06:00 AM EDT

Two widows and Congressman Walter Jones have been waiting 13 years for a letter from the Pentagon. At times, the letter seemed like it would never come. But, finally, it arrived.

The long-sought missive, signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work, states that Marine Lt. Col. John Brow and Maj. Brooks Gruber were not solely responsible for a deadly training accident that killed the Marine Corps pilots and 17 others in 2000.

The letter is a significant shift from the initial news release about the accident that pinned primary blame on Brow and Gruber.
Jones made exonerating the two men one of the main causes of his career over the past decade, delivering more than 150 speeches on the House floor on the issue, some with posters of the fallen pilots.

After the Department of Defense issued its new position, Jones said, I knew in my heart that God had said, Its over. Its over. My children can rest in peace now.

On April 8, 2000, Brow, 39, and co-pilot Gruber, 34, were flying over the Arizona desert in a V-22 Osprey on a nighttime test flight. The plane, still in an experimental phase, was the first of its kind: It could take off vertically like a helicopter and then fly horizontally like a fixed-wing plane.


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05-14-2016, 05:33 PM
Walter mentioned on CBS Evening News this week as part of this story