July 15, 2020

‘The military failed him’: Soldier’s bones found months after he was labeled a deserter

Featuring Kayla M. Williams

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist Alex Horton

Since the remains of Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales were discovered in a shallow grave outside Fort Hood last month, the mystery of his disappearance has only intensified.

The Army declared Wedel-Morales a deserter a month after he went missing last August. But his family said it was unlikely he had just walked away from his post. He was only days away from leaving the service for good, propelled by his goal of working on wind turbines on the Texas coast.

Officials have said the Army doesn’t track down alleged deserters, but his family is left wondering: What if it had tried?

Read the full story and more in The Washington Post.

Authors

  • Kayla M. Williams

    Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Kayla M. Williams is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She previously served as Dir...