Legal Executions by the United States Military

A Complete Record, 1942–1961

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During the two decades following the United States’ entry into World War II, nearly 30 million men served in the U.S. military. Tens of thousands faced general court-martial under the Articles of War, which prescribed either life in prison or death for crimes of murder, rape or desertion. Only 358 were sentenced to death and 160 were executed—159 for murder or rape (or a combination of the two), and one for desertion. Manner of death was by firing squad or by hanging. These dishonored servicemen were buried in various locations around the world. Later, nearly all were moved to grave sites in military cemeteries, segregated from those who died honorably. This book tells the stories of the men, their crimes and their executions.

About the Author(s)

R. Michael Wilson has been researching and writing about the history of the American West for more than a decade. A retired law enforcement officer, he is the author of numerous books on crime and capital punishment. He is a member of the Wild West History Association, and Western Writers of America.

Bibliographic Details

R. Michael Wilson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8882-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4608-4
Imprint: McFarland