Retired Marine from KC left fighting fierce battle to maintain elite unit’s innocence

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One student graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City  with his M.B.A. has battled enemies more severe than any final project. Fred Galvin, a retired Marine Major, fought in Afghanistan leading an elite special operations unit. The longest fight he’s ever had started after he left Afghanistan.

Awards and accolades line Fred Galvin’s office walls. The Kansas City native spent about 20 years in the Marine Corps. His career and life changed forever in March of 2007.

“As we roll into that town, I mention in our vehicle- watch out- and as soon as I said that- our second car blows up,” he said.

As commanding officer of the MARSOC Fox Company, Galvin says his unit was fired upon and attacked while entering a town in Afghanistan. Investigations and multiple media reports accused Galvin and his company of murdering Afghan civilians, as many as 19 of them.

It’s something Galvin says simply didn’t happen.

“That started the beginning of the end of the first Marine Raider Company,” he said.

The elite group was expelled from Afghanistan, and a long court inquiry followed. Polygraph reports showed Galvin was telling the truth that he and his men didn’t kill any civilians.

In the end, Galvin and his men were exonerated, but not in the way Galvin believes they should have been.

“We acted appropriately, so there was no innocent, there was no not guilty,” he said.

He says “acted appropriately” left a stigma with the men, a stigma that’s changed their lives.

“The three out of four of us who were married have become divorced,” he said. “The reason I’m an entrepreneur is we were unable to get jobs.”

For eight years, Galvin fought to get court documents de-classified to prove his and the six other defendants are innocent- and now he says it’s his duty to tell whoever will listen that the MARSOC Fox Company is innocent.

There are several people and organizations who maintain the group is guilty.

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