Story from the Frontline of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell':
LCpl Danny Hernandez

I answered honestly. The investigation was now underway.

The 1st Sergeant proceeded to tell me that there was no way he could protect my privacy in the matter, citing the “grapevine,” and having no control over what people within the unit said or did. I was told by my CO to hang tight and wait to hear from the Battalion Commander.

Ultimately I was discharged, a fate I found out only through my persistent calls and emails. My dreams of being an officer had been shattered and it felt as if the world was tumbling down on me and all I could do was step aside.

Upon earning the title of Marine, I took an oath and vowed to “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” This enemy is a domestic one, and with your direction as Commander and Chief, this is a war in which we can be victorious.

“Semper Fidelis” is the Marine Corps motto meaning “Always Faithful.” Not only am I willing and anxious to go overseas, but I am prepared to pay the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect our freedoms.

I have remained faithful to my country; please be faithful to me.

Very Respectfully,

LCpl. Danny Hernandez, USMC (Separated)

April 26 – Major Mike Almy
April 27 – Captain Joan Darrah


  1. walter says

    I don’t see the homophobic right rushing to join the military. just using the liberties that this marine wants to defend. the miltary is dangerous work not a night out on manhunt. maybe all these small minded people with small dicks should stop worrying about peoples sex life and worry about real problems this country faces. where did glenn beck rush limbaugh and the rest of faux news serve, the local coctail lounge.i think anyone who choses to serve deserve our appreciation

  2. Bradford says

    I get the story, and I feel for the guy. But I get too distracted when he says “Commander and Chief” instead of “Commander in Chief”. If you’re writing to the President, at least get his title correct.

  3. princely54 says

    The thing I don’t understand is I thought it was “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell!” How is it OK for his commander to ASK him if he’s gay?! The whole thing about not asking and not telling should be — since we have the fucking policy as it stands now — that if he doesn’t say, they shouldn’t be asking. This allowing a third party to go to the brass seems a violation of the process to me. I don’t get it, but then again, I don’t get the military lifestyle. End this thing, Mr President.

  4. Chris Cruz says

    @ Bradford:

    Petty much?
    The man joined the service, wanted to serve our nation and cowardly outed and you want to find fault with his grammar? Tragic.

    Is that Obama is stonewalling DADT repeal, because the solders who writes him letters don’t get his full title correct?

    Silly silly queen.

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