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Report: Officers OK’d Marine Hazing

October 26, 1997

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) _ Another videotape of Marines pounding pins into the chests of paratroopers was reportedly put together by servicemen who want to show the practice was condoned by officers.

The video shows ``blood pinning″ incidents between 1989 and 1994, The Daily News of Jacksonville reported Saturday, citing an anonymous source.

The pins mark 10 successful parachute jumps and graduation from the parachute jumping school at Camp Lejeune, near Jacksonville.

``It basically was a cultural thing and Marines were indoctrinated into this. You learn it from your seniors,″ a Marine involved in producing the video told the newspaper.

Since January, The Daily News reported, Marine officials have received a number of videotapes of such incidents.

The latest tape was electronically altered so that only high-ranking officers were visible, the newspaper reported. The tape shows a lieutenant colonel, two majors and a retired major.

A camp spokesman, Lt. Stewart Upton, said authorities would investigate. Upton said authorities have not yet determined whether the tape is authentic.

``Dateline NBC″ and other news shows in January aired a videotape of a 1991 blood pinning. Tapes of that incident and one in 1993 were apparently made by Marines at Camp Lejeune; the hazing was denounced by the Pentagon.

The 1991 incident led to discharge recommendations for two platoon leaders and reprimands for three other Marines. The later incident led to a recommended discharge for a gunnery sergeant and lesser punishments for nine other servicemen.

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