Marines grant honorable discharge to gay man as dying wish
NPR: The US Marine Corps has granted an honorable discharge to a terminally ill man who was kicked out of the service in the 1950s for being gay.
The process to upgrade a person’s discharge to an honorable discharge, now available after the end of don’t ask don’t tell, can take six months or longer and it was feared an expedited process could still take months.
The marines completed the process in just two weeks and presented 79-year-old Hal Faulkner with his honorable discharge.

Photo: Hal Faulkner (left), 79, receives his new papers from two Marines after having his military status changed to “honorable discharge” at a recent ceremony (Phil Latzman)

Marines grant honorable discharge to gay man as dying wish

NPR: The US Marine Corps has granted an honorable discharge to a terminally ill man who was kicked out of the service in the 1950s for being gay.

The process to upgrade a person’s discharge to an honorable discharge, now available after the end of don’t ask don’t tell, can take six months or longer and it was feared an expedited process could still take months.

The marines completed the process in just two weeks and presented 79-year-old Hal Faulkner with his honorable discharge.

Photo: Hal Faulkner (left), 79, receives his new papers from two Marines after having his military status changed to “honorable discharge” at a recent ceremony (Phil Latzman)

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