The Army’s 2008 investigation into the Sharrett case


In January 2008, Dave Sharrett, II, was part of Operation Hood Harvest in the Bichigan region of Iraq. During the mission, mistakes were made that led to Sharrett dying from the weapon of another American soldier. This video breaks down the events leading up to and during the friendly fire incident. This video contains graphic content. (Reported by Tom Jackman, Produced by A.J. Chavar, Photos and U.S. Military footage provided by Dave Sharrett, Sr.)

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.


Reconstructing the friendly fire death of Pfc. David H. Sharrett II
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Reconstructing the friendly fire death of Pfc. David H. Sharrett II

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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.

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