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Transgender Woman Who Deserted Marines 31 Years Ago Gets Honorable Discharge (Video)


Transgender Marine deserter gets discharged

A transgender woman named Elizabeth Tremblay, who deserted the Marines 31 years ago when she was Pvt. Donald Tremblay, learned today she will get a discharge "with honorable conditions."

The Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal reports local authorities in Maine arrested Tremblay in September 2012 on the Marine Corps desertion charges. She was briefly held at the Androscoggin County Jail. Ever since her release, Tremblay has been waiting at her home in Maine to learn if she would face additional time behind bars.

Tremblay, 57, attended boot camp at MCRD San Diego and was based at Twentynine Palms in the early 1980s.

Navy veteran and law professor Tim Steigelman told the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal he knew of few desertion cases that had dragged on so long:

“It’s a very unusual case."

What's interesting is that while Tremblay changed her first name from Daniel to Elizabeth 15 years ago, her social security number stayed the same.

I've posted video up top of the interview Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal reporter Daryn Slover conducted with Tremblay before she learned she would get her honorable discharge.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | January 14, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Why is he getting an honorable discharge when he deserted and went AWOL? Because he is gay? Why does he get to break the law that any other man would be imprisoned for? This is ridiculous and asinine. Why is this person above the law?

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Bob_Hudson | January 14, 2013 at 2:59 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

It reminds me of that San Diego area woman had escaped from jail in Michigan many years ago and was found living under a fake name. She basically got a free ride on that apparently because she had been a member of the upright citizen's brigade. The message is: commit a crime, avoid getting caught for decades and be (or become) a sympathetic woman, and you get a Get Out Jail pass. Now if you did caught and did not escape, you did your time and pretty much have no chance for a retroactive pardon now. This why I say that "fair" is something only found in Del Mar each summer, not in the so-called justice system. Double-standards abound.

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JeanMarc | January 14, 2013 at 3:22 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

I remember that case Bob. I agree, this is just another example of the many double-standards that exist between protected groups and the rest of us.

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Missionaccomplished | January 14, 2013 at 3:48 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

And yet they claim to be . . . "discriminated." The last time I checked EVERYONE has equal protection under the law.

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JeanMarc | January 15, 2013 at 3:50 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Yep! Every human in america lives under the protections afforded by the constitution. I don't know why we need to make special laws and exceptions from the law for certain groups.

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