Blame it on the Legion

Peter Lyderik

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#1
‘Night Watcher’ mansion raider may be exForeign Legion
John Simpson, Crime Correspondent | Fiona Hamilton, Crime Editor
January 31 2018, 12:01am, The Times
A suspected rogue soldier being sought over a series of brutal armed raids on Home Counties mansions may have trained with the French Foreign Legion, a policing source has said.
Detectives believe that the sawn-off shotgun, cable ties and extreme violence employed by the burglar nicknamed “the Night Watcher” could indicate a legionnaire’s background.
The burglar stakes out homes before tying up and attacking the owners and making detailed demands of them. He has struck at least seven times across four police force areas, stealing jewels and items thought to be worth millions.
Detectives believe the suspect has not only conducted reconnaissance outside homes, but may have been inside on occasions before the burglary.
Surrey police, who are leading the investigation, have linked him to raids on the homes of multimillionaires including Goodwood House, where the Earl and Countess of March were tied up. Lord March, 63, was beaten over the head and items including a £400,000 diamond tiara and an emerald ring given by Charles II to his mistress Louise de Kérouaille were stolen.
Profiling by the National Crime Agency of the stocky, 6ft attacker, who has a “south of England” accent, suggests he has military training, but the police source said a sawn-off shotgun was considered an unlikely choice for a retired British soldier, who might be more likely to use a modern weapon.
The raids were “meticulously planned”, the suspect was very aware of forensic science and every last detail was carried out with precision, the source added. The burglar also knew where items were inside at least one of the houses.
Police have been unable to trace suspect vehicles from the location of the burglaries, suggesting that the attacker was aware of automatic number plate recognition technology.
In his earliest known raid, in 2014, the burglar kicked the pregnant daughter of Robert Stiff, a wealthy businessman, in the stomach as she lay on the floor beside her family.
In a Crimewatch appeal after the raid the family described the night he burst into their home in Kingswood, Surrey pointing the shotgun at them, shouting “get down” and tying them up. Mr Stiff, 57, said the burglar was “a coward”, adding: “That’s probably the most upsetting part, with Katie being pregnant. At a time when really we should be celebrating it there was so much sadness in the house.”
His wife, Catherine, said: “We were all in a line behind each other. He went to Katie and he booted her in the side of her tummy where she’s pregnant. I just thought, ‘God, what’s going to happen to the baby’.”
Their other daughter, Chloe, added: “Although what happened on that night was traumatic, it’s the after-effects that are even worse.”
During another raid in Berkshire in 2015, a woman in her fifties and a man in his twenties were held up at gunpoint after the burglar entered through an unlocked rear door.
And a comment from a reader.
"Detectives believe that the sawn-off shotgun, cable ties and extreme violence employed by the burglar nicknamed “the Night Watcher” could indicate a legionnaire’s background." Eh?? There may well be grounds for thinking that the burglar is ex-Foreign Legion, but they haven't been given here.
 

Peter Lyderik

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#2
http://bnr.bg/play/post/100935970/cobra-squad-detains-former-french-foreign-legion-member

Cobra Squad detains former French Foreign Legion member

публикувано на 21.02.18 в 09:13

In a large-scale operation of the specialized Cobra Squad which involved more than 80 police and gendarmes, and following a one-day siege in the village of Oreshnik, Southeastern Bulgaria, a 35-year-old man was arrested who has formerly served in the French Foreign Legion.

After refusing to report to the police, the man locked himself up in his house, threatened the police officers, and produced gunshots.

The French Foreign Legion, one of the elite military units in the world and part of the French Armed Forces, recruits volunteers from over 130 countries.
 
#3
‘Night Watcher’ mansion raider may be exForeign Legion
John Simpson, Crime Correspondent | Fiona Hamilton, Crime Editor
January 31 2018, 12:01am, The Times
A suspected rogue soldier being sought over a series of brutal armed raids on Home Counties mansions may have trained with the French Foreign Legion, a policing source has said.
Detectives believe that the sawn-off shotgun, cable ties and extreme violence employed by the burglar nicknamed “the Night Watcher” could indicate a legionnaire’s background.
The burglar stakes out homes before tying up and attacking the owners and making detailed demands of them. He has struck at least seven times across four police force areas, stealing jewels and items thought to be worth millions.
Detectives believe the suspect has not only conducted reconnaissance outside homes, but may have been inside on occasions before the burglary.
Surrey police, who are leading the investigation, have linked him to raids on the homes of multimillionaires including Goodwood House, where the Earl and Countess of March were tied up. Lord March, 63, was beaten over the head and items including a £400,000 diamond tiara and an emerald ring given by Charles II to his mistress Louise de Kérouaille were stolen.
Profiling by the National Crime Agency of the stocky, 6ft attacker, who has a “south of England” accent, suggests he has military training, but the police source said a sawn-off shotgun was considered an unlikely choice for a retired British soldier, who might be more likely to use a modern weapon.
The raids were “meticulously planned”, the suspect was very aware of forensic science and every last detail was carried out with precision, the source added. The burglar also knew where items were inside at least one of the houses.
Police have been unable to trace suspect vehicles from the location of the burglaries, suggesting that the attacker was aware of automatic number plate recognition technology.
In his earliest known raid, in 2014, the burglar kicked the pregnant daughter of Robert Stiff, a wealthy businessman, in the stomach as she lay on the floor beside her family.
In a Crimewatch appeal after the raid the family described the night he burst into their home in Kingswood, Surrey pointing the shotgun at them, shouting “get down” and tying them up. Mr Stiff, 57, said the burglar was “a coward”, adding: “That’s probably the most upsetting part, with Katie being pregnant. At a time when really we should be celebrating it there was so much sadness in the house.”
His wife, Catherine, said: “We were all in a line behind each other. He went to Katie and he booted her in the side of her tummy where she’s pregnant. I just thought, ‘God, what’s going to happen to the baby’.”
Their other daughter, Chloe, added: “Although what happened on that night was traumatic, it’s the after-effects that are even worse.”
During another raid in Berkshire in 2015, a woman in her fifties and a man in his twenties were held up at gunpoint after the burglar entered through an unlocked rear door.
And a comment from a reader.
"Detectives believe that the sawn-off shotgun, cable ties and extreme violence employed by the burglar nicknamed “the Night Watcher” could indicate a legionnaire’s background." Eh?? There may well be grounds for thinking that the burglar is ex-Foreign Legion, but they haven't been given here.
Peter,
Yes there has been quite a flurry here with all sorts of speculation. Newspapers full of theories. I suspect that the miscreant is former military. Nevertheless to point the finger at the Legion is pure speculation. We have enough naughty boys from our own military. :cool:Time will tell and I believe that he will be apprehended fairly soon.
 

Joseph Cosgrove

Moderator
Legionnaire
#4
‘Night Watcher’ mansion raider may be exForeign Legion
John Simpson, Crime Correspondent | Fiona Hamilton, Crime Editor
January 31 2018, 12:01am, The Times
A suspected rogue soldier being sought over a series of brutal armed raids on Home Counties mansions may have trained with the French Foreign Legion, a policing source has said.
Detectives believe that the sawn-off shotgun, cable ties and extreme violence employed by the burglar nicknamed “the Night Watcher” could indicate a legionnaire’s background.
The burglar stakes out homes before tying up and attacking the owners and making detailed demands of them. He has struck at least seven times across four police force areas, stealing jewels and items thought to be worth millions.
Detectives believe the suspect has not only conducted reconnaissance outside homes, but may have been inside on occasions before the burglary.
Surrey police, who are leading the investigation, have linked him to raids on the homes of multimillionaires including Goodwood House, where the Earl and Countess of March were tied up. Lord March, 63, was beaten over the head and items including a £400,000 diamond tiara and an emerald ring given by Charles II to his mistress Louise de Kérouaille were stolen.
Profiling by the National Crime Agency of the stocky, 6ft attacker, who has a “south of England” accent, suggests he has military training, but the police source said a sawn-off shotgun was considered an unlikely choice for a retired British soldier, who might be more likely to use a modern weapon.
The raids were “meticulously planned”, the suspect was very aware of forensic science and every last detail was carried out with precision, the source added. The burglar also knew where items were inside at least one of the houses.
Police have been unable to trace suspect vehicles from the location of the burglaries, suggesting that the attacker was aware of automatic number plate recognition technology.
In his earliest known raid, in 2014, the burglar kicked the pregnant daughter of Robert Stiff, a wealthy businessman, in the stomach as she lay on the floor beside her family.
In a Crimewatch appeal after the raid the family described the night he burst into their home in Kingswood, Surrey pointing the shotgun at them, shouting “get down” and tying them up. Mr Stiff, 57, said the burglar was “a coward”, adding: “That’s probably the most upsetting part, with Katie being pregnant. At a time when really we should be celebrating it there was so much sadness in the house.”
His wife, Catherine, said: “We were all in a line behind each other. He went to Katie and he booted her in the side of her tummy where she’s pregnant. I just thought, ‘God, what’s going to happen to the baby’.”
Their other daughter, Chloe, added: “Although what happened on that night was traumatic, it’s the after-effects that are even worse.”
During another raid in Berkshire in 2015, a woman in her fifties and a man in his twenties were held up at gunpoint after the burglar entered through an unlocked rear door.
And a comment from a reader.
"Detectives believe that the sawn-off shotgun, cable ties and extreme violence employed by the burglar nicknamed “the Night Watcher” could indicate a legionnaire’s background." Eh?? There may well be grounds for thinking that the burglar is ex-Foreign Legion, but they haven't been given here.
Peter, I'd say that for the moment our night watcher (until proven otherwise) was as much a legionnaire as our night jumper was
 

Peter Lyderik

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#5
Braquage à main armée à Saint-Tropez : quatre anciens militaires en garde à vue

21 février 2018 http://www.leparisien.fr/faits-dive...itaires-en-garde-a-vue-21-02-2018-7571706.php

Les braqueurs, qui avaient agi en plein cœur de la cité, avaient tiré sur des gendarmes en prenant la fuite.

Quatre hommes soupçonnés d’avoir perpétré début janvier à Saint-Tropez un braquage au fusil d’assaut au Salon des antiquaires de la cité sont toujours en garde à vue ce mercredi. Ils ont été interpellés lundi soir et mardi matin à Grimaud, Ramatuelle, Saint-Tropez (Var) et Manosque (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence). L’homme de 38 ans interpellé lundi soir à Manosque par le GIGN d’Orange, des gendarmes de la section de recherche de Marseille et de la brigade de recherche de Forcalquier, est un ancien militaire de la Légion étrangère originaire d’Europe de l’Est.

Deux des trois autres, âgés d’une quarantaine d’années, sont eux aussi, selon Var Matin, d’anciens légionnaires, également originaire d’Europe de l’Est. Ils auraient servi au 2e régiment étranger de parachutistes basé à Calvi. Ils ont été interpellés mardi matin à l’aube à Grimaud et Ramatuelle.

Plusieurs armes retrouvées lors des perquisitions

Le quatrième, âgé d’une trentaine d’années, a été arrêté lundi soir à son domicile situé dans un quartier résidentiel de Saint-Tropez. Il pourrait être, toujours selon le quotidien du sud, un ancien militaire.

Ces quatre hommes auraient travaillé ensemble dans un établissement select du golfe de Saint-Tropez.

Plusieurs armes et de nombreuses munitions ont été retrouvées lors des perquisitions menées aux domiciles des quatre hommes. Ces derniers devraient être présentés sous peu à un juge d’instruction de Draguignan.

Le 2 janvier dernier, en fin de journée, un commando de quatre membres commettait, en plein cœur de Saint-Tropez, un spectaculaire braquage. Dans des tenues kaki, cagoulés, masqués et gantés, quatre hommes étaient arrivés à 19h15 à pied salle Jean-Despas, sur la célèbre place des Lices de Saint-Tropez, où se tenait un salon d’antiquités, de design et de décoration. A l’aide de masses, ils avaient détruit une vitrine d’exposition pour saisir un lot de bijoux estimés entre 500 000 et 600 000 euros par l’exposante concernée.

Au cours de leur fuite à travers les ruelles de Saint-Tropez, les braqueurs avaient ouvert le feu, sans faire de blessé et sans entraîner de tir de riposte, sur une patrouille pédestre de la brigade de gendarmerie de Gassin-Saint-Tropez qui les avait pris en chasse.

Une enquête avait été ouverte pour tentative de meurtre sur agent de la force public, vol à main armée en réunion et violence avec arme.
 

Peter Lyderik

Hyper Active Member
#6
Trafic de drogue international : onze prévenus comparaissent devant le tribunal de Bastia

Onze personnes soupçonnées d’être impliquées dans un réseau de trafic de stupéfiants entre l’Espagne, la Corse et le continent comparaissent au tribunal correctionnel de Bastia ce lundi.

Par Anouk Passelac Publié 20/02/2018 https://france3-regions.francetvinf...comparaissent-au-tribunal-bastia-1426393.html

Onze prévenus, âgés de 25 à 48 ans, comparaissent lundi 19 février au tribunal correctionnel de Bastia. Ils sont soupçonnés d’avoir pris part à un trafic de cocaïne et de cannabis opérant entre l’Espagne, la Corse et le continent. Une douzième personne est toujours recherchée par la police.

De janvier 2014 à septembre 2016, un trafic de drogue faisait transiter principalement de la cocaïne depuis Barcelone en Espagne, vers la Corse (Bastia, Ajaccio, Calvi) et la station de ski de La Plagne (Savoie). Quasiment chaque semaine, des livraisons de 300 grammes de cocaïne étaient effectuées.

Un ancien membre du 2e Rep à la tête du réseau

Le réseau aurait été mis en place par un ancien légionnaire, membre du 2e Régiment étranger de parachutistes (Rep) de Calvi. Né au Venezuela, âgé de 32 ans, José Célis Bécéra a témoigné à la barre. Il explique qu'il vendait d'abord quelques grammes de cocaïne à ses « confrères », jusqu'en 2013, où il déserte la légion pour vivre en Espagne.

L'ancien légionnaire affirme que c'est à Barcelone qu'il achète en plus grosse quantité la cocaïne pour la revendre en Corse et à La Plagne, à la demande de son fournisseur. A la barre, il avoue avoir décidé de tout, du mode de transport, des caches, des personnes à contacter.

En revanche, José Célis Bécéra n'a pas divulgué le nom de son fournisseur à Barcelone indiquant: "C'est un chef de cartel qui trafique à coup de 100 kilos de cocaïne. Mais je préfère aller en prison plutôt que de le dénoncer."

Les gros poissons à l'abri des remous judiciaires

Le deuxième du jour du procès a cherché à déterminer les rôles exacts des autres protagonistes. Edison Guerrero reconnait avoir récupéré des enveloppes au total 20 000 euros pour le compte de son ami, l'ancien légionnaire. Mais des éléments compromettants laissent penser qu'il était plus qu'une simple "mule": les autorités ont retrouvé à son domicile barcelonais un kilo de cocaïne, un pistolet de calibre neuf millimètres et surtout deux passeports libanais et australiens au nom d'une autre personne.
Quant à David Murillo, il avoue qu'il était chargé de transporter la drogue jusqu'en Corse mais il nie avoir livré de la cocaïne à un trafiquant de drogue basé sur Annecy.

Aujourd'hui encore, l'ancien légionnaire de Calvi a confirmé qu'il était à la tête du réseau mais le rôle de ses amis reste flou. Les investigations menées en Espagne ont été insuffisantes, dans cette affaire, les gros poissons restent à l'abri des remous judiciaires.
 

Peter Lyderik

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#7
1 à 8 ans de prison pour le trafic international de cocaïne

Par K. SERRERI--23 février 2018 https://www.corsematin.com/article/...rison-pour-le-trafic-international-de-cocaine

Il est où Pablo Escobar ? Il est où Dupond Moretti ?" Hier, juste avant que le tribunal correctionnel de Bastia ne rende son jugement, un avocat de la défense jouait l'ironie. Histoire de bien faire comprendre que le dossier de trafic international de cocaïne pour laquelle comparaissent depuis lundi onze personnes n'est pas "l'affaire du siècle". Après quatre jours d'audience et plusieurs heures de délibéré, la juridiction présidée par Michèle Saurel a rendu sa décision hier en fin d'après midi .

Et, en effet, si tous les prévenus ont été déclarés coupables et condamnés à des peines allant d'un an de prison avec sursis à huit ans ferme, les condamnations sont en deçà des réquisitions du ministère public.

Mercredi et jeudi, l'escadrille de la défense s'est levée aux intérêts des neuf hommes et deux femmes qui ont tous reconnu leur participation (à divers degrés) dans un trafic de cocaïne organisé entre janvier 2014 et septembre 2016 entre Barcelone, la Balagne et le Continent. Mes Camille Romani, Emmanuel Maestrini, Claire Mathieu, Emmanuelle Ramond, Thomas Valery, Aljia Fazai, Emmanuelle Fabregat, Ugo Imperiali, Stéphanie Leonetti, Joelle Acquaviva et Claudia Luisi ont demandé au tribunal de ramener le dossier à une plus juste mesure que celui qu'avait voulu lui donner le ministère public. Arguant que les prévenus étaient, pour la plupart, des primo délinquants, les avocats ont réclamé que les peines soient revues à la baisse.

Une demande en partie entendue, même si, au final, "les condamnations sont plus sévères que celles habituellement prononcées dans ce type de dossiers", constate une robe noire.

José Celis Becera, ex-légionnaire vénézuélien du 2e Rep de Calvi, qui reconnaît avoir été à la tête du trafic, a écopé de la peine la plus sévère : huit années de prison. Sa compagne, Kathia Ribera Eduardo, bolivienne de 34 ans, a pour sa part écopé de cinq ans de prison. Des peines de sept ans ont été prononcées à l'encontre d'Edison Yamid Guerrero Gonzales, Vénézuélien de 28 ans et de Lorenzo David Murillo Castillo, Équatorien de 42 ans . Jérôme Verbeke, 39 ans, suspecté d'être le principal client de Celis dans la région calvaise a pour sa part écopé de 6 ans de prison.

Alexandre Leveau, Ajaccien de 30 ans, homme de confiance de Celis en Corse, comparaissait libre. Il a frôlé le retour en prison mais le tribunal lui a finalement infligé une peine de quatre ans de prison sans mandat de dépôt. Thomas Zoratti, 28 ans, ancien légionnaire et revendeur à La Plagne, a écopé de 3 ans de prison avec maintien en détention. Yediso Olaya, légionnaire colombien de 33 ans, ami de Celis et revendeurs au 2e Rep, a été condamné à deux ans ferme.

Didier Verbeke, 47 ans, frère de Jérôme Verbeke et petit revendeur, a pour sa part écopé d'un an de prison ferme. Audrey De Sousa, 31 ans, ancienne compagne de Jérôme Verbeke, a été condamnée à un an de prison ferme et deux années de sursis, et la saisie de ses comptes a été ordonnée.

Jules Demeyer, 24 ans, serveur saisonnier à Calvi et petit revendeur, a écopé d'un an avec sursis.

Vincenzo Fiorentino, Italien de 30 ans, employé dans un restaurant et revendeur à Annecy, jugé en son absence, a été condamné à cinq ans de prison. Un mandat d'arrêt a été décerné à son encontre. José Celis Becera, Kathia Ribera Eduardo, Edison Yamid Guerrero Gonzales, Lorenzo David Murillo Castillo, Jérôme Verbeke et Alexandre Leveau devront en outre s'acquitter d'une amende de 200 000 euros envers les douanes. Les condamnés ont dix jours pour faire appel.
 
#9
I think the problem is that the Legion is interesting. It has its mystique and is an object of fascination to outsiders (yes like me). Thus, if someone who has ever had anything to do with the Legion gets in trouble, you can bet they're going to mention the Legion. It makes for an interesting story in a way that "former tax accountant at H & R Block..." never can.

It might also be driven in part by a spiteful desire to cut down someone who had the gall to actually do what so many only dream of. This "tall poppy syndrome" is a national pathology in Australia. Crash your luxury car here and I can guarantee that the next day's headlines will be "BMW driver causes six car pile-up". You'll never see "Ford driver causes [whatever]" or "Toyota driver"...
 
#10
http://www.varmatin.com/faits-diver...-appartement-et-tire-sur-des-policiers-212608

Un nonagénaire se retranche dans son appartement et tire sur des policiers

Un différend entre époux a failli très mal tourner, ce dimanche en début d’après-midi dans le quartier Vignelongue à La Seyne, où un nonagénaire a tiré sur des policiers, heureusement sans les toucher.

A la suite d’une dispute avec sa femme, qui s’est réfugiée chez un voisin, cet ancien légionnaire s’est retranché dans son appartement puis posté sur son balcon... avec un revolver à la main.

Alertés par un autre occupant de cet immeuble de l’avenue des Anciens Combattants d’Indochine, peu après 13h, les policiers se sont rendus sur place... et ont essuyé plusieurs tirs. Les forces de l’ordre sont tout de même parvenues à entrer dans le bâtiment puis à parlementer avec le forcené et finalement à entrer chez lui pour l’interpeller.

Le nonagénaire a été placé en garde à vue et est actuellement entendu au commissariat de police de Toulon.
 

dusaboss

Hyper Active Member
#11
Ex Legionnaire doing bad shit always sounds good in news papers.

"Detectives believe that the sawn-off shotgun, cable ties and extreme violence employed by the burglar nicknamed “the Night Watcher” could indicate a legionnaire’s background." Eh?? There may well be grounds for thinking that the burglar is ex-Foreign Legion, but they haven't been given here.
How the hell sawn-off shotgun, cable ties and extreme violence indicate a legionnaires background ???
 

dusaboss

Hyper Active Member
#14
People are quick to judge what they don't understand.
I think we have more of that here. Journalistic sensationalism, bad reputation of legion and, of course, F-ing leftist propaganda. Whenever some ex-soldier do some crazy shit they will point on his "military training". Of course in most cases what he done doesn't have nothing to do with his training. It's usually some crazy thing without any planning and with no military tactics and training applied at all. Guy beat up his wife, they wrote how he learned that in army. :) Like he needed some special skills in order overcome his wife. :)

I remember one interview here with alleged "legionnaire" here. Title was : "They taught us how to kill a man in 50 different ways". I mean, really? How retarded that sound? :)
Like killing of a man is some kind of art so you have to be very creative. Ignorant reader after reading things like that wouldn't have nice picture of FFL.
 

SnafuSmite

Active Member
#15
I think we have more of that here. Journalistic sensationalism, bad reputation of legion and, of course, F-ing leftist propaganda. Whenever some ex-soldier do some crazy shit they will point on his "military training". Of course in most cases what he done doesn't have nothing to do with his training. It's usually some crazy thing without any planning and with no military tactics and training applied at all. Guy beat up his wife, they wrote how he learned that in army. :) Like he needed some special skills in order overcome his wife. :)

I remember one interview here with alleged "legionnaire" here. Title was : "They taught us how to kill a man in 50 different ways". I mean, really? How retarded that sound? :)
Like killing of a man is some kind of art so you have to be very creative. Ignorant reader after reading things like that wouldn't have nice picture of FFL.
To quote Jack Nicholson "You can't handle the truth "
 
#16
Dusaboss,

Beware the man with cheese wire ! Also my wife is deadly without a wok or a cleaver.
As for me, I was simply trained in the controlled use of maximum violence.
Personally, I could not knock the skin off a rice pudding.
Now when are you joining the Legion ?
As my hero Winston Churchill used to write ; Action This Day.
 

USMCRET

Active Member
#17
Sorry to say, same applies here, Ex Marine....There're to stupid, press that is to know there's no such thing as ex. on former until adjudicated then Ex
 

dusaboss

Hyper Active Member
#19
Sorry to say, same applies here, Ex Marine....There're to stupid, press that is to know there's no such thing as ex. on former until adjudicated then Ex
What is big deal with that "ex" thing? Why so many EX soldiers get upset when someone call them that way. You are not serving anymore so you are ex. I understand buzz behind that and that you stay part of brotherhood all life also matalite becomes part of you for life. But simply most non-army guys would say ex. Simple because is shorter and easier to write.
Do you want me to write honorable discharged marine any time I want to point that one doesn't serve anymore? Ye, ye....
 
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#20
What is big deal with that "ex" thing? Why so many EX soldiers get upset when someone call them that way. You are not serving anymore so you are ex. I understand buzz behind that and that you stay part of brotherhood all life also matalite becomes part of you for life. But simply most non-army guys would say ex. Simple because is shorter and easier to write.
Do you want me to write honorable discharged marine any time I want to point that one doesn't serve anymore? Ye, ye....
I think Ret. (Retired) would perhaps be a better option?
 

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