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.