Guilty As Charged
Publishers Highly recommended
Writer Hatheway presents the
story of his confrontation with the US military as he and his
attorneys attempted to overturn Article 125 of the Uniform Code
of Military Conduct. Written in a poignant, readable manner
Hatheway's book is offered in 15 chapters including: I Must
Be a Fag, Special Forces Detachment Europe, The Trial Begins,
The Sentence, and My Day of Outrage. This first constitutional
challenge to the statutory prohibition of homosexuality did not
end in a positive outcome for LT Hatheway, however, it was something
he felt he had to do. Only days before he was to be separated
from military duty Hatheway was charged with sodomy with another
serviceman. Such behavior with court marshall a possible outcome
is prohibited by Article 125. For those who have no military
background, writer Hatheway begins with 2 pages of military anachronisms
and their meanings.
Jay Hatheway's poignant narrative
begins in his twenties with the charge of sodomy made against
him by the military in 1975 and then recounts his life record
as a gay person to the 1970s and the charge. Professor Hatheway's
childhood spent in the Middle East, Europe, and California, included
his narrated fascination with his sexual discoveries made with
male friends along with a growing interest in male nudity.
LT Hatheway received a Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
scholarship which obligated him to military service following
his schooling. That Hatheway was a good soldier of proven ability
is obvious: Hatheway's military prowess led to his earning his
special forces green beret. Special forces training is not and
was not a walk in the park to accomplish.
Hatheway reveals he did take
part in cautious homosexual relationships despite his mindfulness
of the military's opposition to gays. Following a disastrous
encounter initiated by a drunken Robert Lynde, Hathaway discovered
himself charged by Lynde with originating and engaging in sex
acts with PFC Lynde. Hatheway along with his lawyer Chris Coates
was taken to trial surrounded by an atmosphere of discrimination
and sophistry. The verdict rendered was to be not guilty or guilty.
A guilty verdict was going to lead to dismissal from the service
and/or confinement at hard labor for five years.
Today Hatheway is a successful
Professor of European History in Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin.
He says, "the military is a mirror of society. If inclusion
can be achieved there then it can be achieved everywhere."
Gay or straight readers will
find this work to be an excellent example of one man's struggle
against what he felt was unfair practice conducted by the US
military. Hatheway's book is well written, filled with footnotes
as one might expect from a scholarly work presented by a college
professor and presents his story in a straight forward, no nonsense
manner. Excellent read, highly recommended.