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Gen. Amos, through an aide, later told Gen. Waldhauser that he regretted his orders and decided to replace him.

“The commandant immediately realized that he had compromised the situation and took immediate action to ensure that the investigation and cases were given to an appropriate new convening authority who could exercise independent and unfettered discretion to take action in those cases,” a Marine spokesman said this summer.

The Washington Times was not able to get a comment from the Corps.

Gen. Glueck’s order did not explain why he was dropping the charges.

He ordered that Capt. Clement undergo an administrative board of inquiry, which will determine whether he committed misconduct. 

The board can decide whether he should be retained or separated under less-than-honorable conditions.