AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — A 20-year-old Austin man has been arrested on a warrant for deserting the U.S. Marine Corps.

Police Chief Brian Krueger says the man was cooperative when he was taken into custody late Thursday night. Krueger declined to discuss the case further.
An Austin Daily Herald report says the man is being held at the Mower County jail until arrangements are made for Marine Corps officials to pick him up.

Deserter status is applied to military personnel who have been absent without leave for 30 days or more. Punishment can include three years in jail, dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of pay.

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Comments (28)
  1. deserted says:

    Tough call for me if i’d rather go to jail or in the service, there both awful.

    1. Jim says:

      Was there a draft I missed out on? Or can you sign up for jail now? Anyone who enters into an agreement then backs out should go to prison.

      1. deserted says:

        Wow Jim step on a stool so it doesn’t go over your head, Im saying i don’t know which id rather do if i had 2 choose, geez im guessing you chose rocket scientist.

  2. Mr. Mark says:

    lock him up, give him enough time to let him know he’s an idiot and once you sign on the dotted line and swear under oath to serve and defend you belong to Uncle Sam, three years seems a bit harsh though

    1. Jeff says:

      This guy is lucky, as I understand desertion historically was a capital offense deserving of a firing squad.

  3. Dean says:

    A contract is a contract. We have no draft so this person was not forced into service. Too bad he does not know the meaning of honor. He made a decision to desert..Pay the price.

  4. pugsdoer says:

    our mercenaries aren’t told the realities of either what they’ll have to do or what they will actually be paid. No wonder they desert, and use drugs and commit crimes. When our economy breaks down further under the weight of the transfer payments to the financial elites and the cost of these wars, we’ll bring all the troops home. And then we’ll be sorry, as the depth of the damage done to these people and the costs to deal with it will become obvious to all.

    1. Chris says:

      Wow, just a little deep???

      He probably did not give it as much thought as you did…

  5. Mike says:

    Being dishonorably discharged from the service is an oxymoron and protecting the interests of unpatriotic corporations is deplorable. After the morally corrupt leadership of President Bush, the military has become a rogue and criminally complicit bunch of thugs who couldn’t find a way out of the rain, unless they were told too. Willingly redefining international law and breaking the Geneva Convention is were I drew the line.

    1. Chris says:

      Wow… wow… even deeper than pugsdoer!

      You guys must think this is your church, preaching to the rest of us?

      Good luck…

      1. Mike says:


        Everyone is entitled to an opinion. If all your going to do is make noise when you lack the words to define yours, then crawl back into your cave and try leaving us a message on the wall.

    2. John says:

      Mike, you should thank the United States Military for protecting your right to make unfounded accusations. In some countries they make guys like you just disappear. But don’t worry you live in the United States of America and the men and women of our Military take an oath to preserve protect and defend the Constitution of the United States which gives you the right to spout off in any manner you choose without fear.

      1. Mike says:

        I served my country John, so save your sanctimonious BS. The military is full of numbskulls like you and the law of the land is not applied on foreign soil where all conflict takes place. The military is guilty and complicit in breaking the Geneva code of conduct, that is a fact. I was there, you were not.

        1. dah-der-dolt says:

          War these days is far different than days ago, no1 is honoring these rules of engagement these days, to bad when you signed up you thought it would be like a movie. Did you get shot in the head over there, its 2011 there are suicide bombers, and so on, as some1 whos been there id hope you understood you do whats necessary to stay alive and keep others around you safe, hopefully you’re not currently enlisted.

  6. Missy says:

    The problem is recruiters make it sound a lot better than it really is. Before my husband signed any papers, he was told he would never be sent overseas. Three years in the reserves he was deployed for 10 months.

    1. Charlie says:

      Missy, They may imply that or say that it is very unlikely, but some people hear waht they want to hear… he knew the risks, that is why it is called “military service”, not Missy’s husband’s vacation.

      1. Mike says:


        It’s called a lie. Just as was the case when military leadership gave us the Tillman Story and denied a top down mandate of torture in Abu Ghraib.
        Dishonesty is a military tradition.

        1. captainobvious says:

          You have to be near braindead to have signed up for reserves after we invaded Iraq, and thought you would never go overseas, It was pretty obvious the Iraq mistake would and will never end. Ignorance is also a human tradition.

  7. Empty Pockets says:

    A lot of crybabies commenting here. We hardly know any of the facts here, however if you sign that contract and take the money, you should know what the punishment is if you break that contract. However, let’s wait to hear what this Marine has to say.

  8. L says:

    i’m a mother of a son who is in the service, this is a sad situation. i am torn because he went in knowing what he was up against but at the same time it could be mental illness, ptsd, or whatever. we are all entitled to an opinion, but he broke the law and is punishable. war is hell.

  9. Joe says:

    We should stop killing our children because of government policy. To run away from that has no shame. It may have been a poor choice to enter that contract, but few legal contracts allow for death as a consequence. Break a contract and you lose the money that you would be entitled to. Fear of loss of one’s own life should not be factored into the decision to break from it.

    1. Becky says:

      i also totally agree with this too. but i’m also tired of the us taking care of all these other countries problems all the time. how about we start taking care of the united states problems first, like homelessness, poverty, more jobs, better health care, the whole us economy. then go help others.

    2. John says:

      Well Joe we need a Military to protect our freedoms so what do you suggest? The current system is voluntary and those who choose to join do so by signing a contract. The old system required 2 years of military service from every eligible 18 year old in the country. Or do you suggest that anyone in the military should be given the choice of leaving at any time for any reason? That could prove problematic in war but hey maybe you are half French.

  10. Becky says:

    ya know, he may have done wrong, but nobody but him knows whats going thru his head right now. none of us who have never enlisted dont know what really goes on over seas. we dont know what happens to them or what they see or what goes on in their heads after their first kill or what ever it may be. and yes we are all entitled to our own opinions, but who are ANY of us to pass judgement on this person? have you walked in this guys shoes? i think you should look to your own doorsteps before looking on his.

    1. stillobvious says:

      According to the story it never said he even has ever gone overseas, furthermore why sign up if you’re not sure, he’s 20 not 12, figure your lives out people, its not every1 elses job to do it. Obviously we havnt walked in his shoes we’;re not in the service, by choice like this guy had……….

  11. Cake wars says:

    Too bad he wasn’t from Edina, none of this would have happened.

  12. ST PAUL says:

    More info please. Something is missing. He could of just gotten out on an UD and left. There is much more to this story. Does he have a dying person to take care of, is he sick, or what is going on. More info please!!

  13. Tinker Perkins says:

    When this person took the Marine Corps oath, he should’ve known what he was hetting into. Now he lost his nerve tom do a job that his MOS called for. I, myself is a Vietnam Combat Marine in 1966. There were alot of good Marines and all other military personnel that wanted to go awol, but stuck to it. There were persople with a yellow streak that went to Canada to avoid the military. The personnel that goes AWOL is a “DISGRACE FOR THE MILITARY PERSONNEL” that gave their lives for him to remain in this free land that he calls home. Now his home of 3 years is considered and he will not get voting privilidges, any school scolorships, social security or any other federal benefits for his cowardice. Especially cowardice in the face of the U.S. Military personnel and not the Ragheads overseas. Ijust hope he knows this! I stand on this coment!!

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