Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Marines Look into Hazing Incidents Film Shows Paratroopers Getting Stuck with Pins

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Marines Look into Hazing Incidents Film Shows Paratroopers Getting Stuck with Pins

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The Marine Corps is checking out bizarre hazing incidents by an elite paratrooper unit when jump-wings medals were beaten into men's chests in "blood pinnings."

The 1991 and 1993 incidents were captured on video and brought to the attention of the Marine Corps by the NBC show, "Dateline NBC." The show is to be broadcast tonight (8 p.m., KSDK, Channel 5).

The incidents involved paratroopers trained primarily for reconnaissance and scouting duty. After 10 training jumps, members of the unit are presented a gold jump-wings pin recognizing their achievement. A military source who viewed the tapes called them sickening. The official said, "They just keep beating those pins things into them." Apparently the videos were recorded by participants, the offical said. None of the participants in either the 1991 or 1993 hazing incidents required medical attention afterward, said Maj. Scott Campbell, a Corps spokesman. He said most of the Marines in the 1991 video have been identified and about 10 of them have been interviewed by investigators. …

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