The Army’s 2008 investigation into the Sharrett case

After the firefight near Balad, Iraq, that left three American soldiers dead on Jan. 16, 2008, the Army ordered an investigation of the circumstances, called an AR 15-6. The investigation was completed in several days and found no fault with any of the soldiers’ actions.

But after a NATO bullet was extracted from the body of Pfc. David H. Sharrett II in an autopsy several days later, then-Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling ordered a second AR 15-6 to be done, by Maj. Rob Young. That more detailed report was provided to the Sharrett family, with the names of all surviving participants redacted, in May 2008. It was later posted on the Web site of the U.S. Central Command.

Here is the link to the second AR 15-6. This report also contains the brief, first AR 15-6. The statements given in the first report were used for the second report.

The third AR 15-6, provided to the Sharretts in August 2011, is not available online.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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