Two offenses likely to be charged under the UCMJ in a friendly-fire incident are involuntary manslaughter, under article 119, and the lesser included offense of negligent homicide.
APPLICATION OF THE MILITARY JUSTICE SYSTEM TO FRIENDLY-FIRE INCIDENTS
Throughout American military history, reported instances of use of the military justice system in response to friendly-fire incidents have been exceedingly rare.
One of the best known friendly-fire incidents in American military history involved the shooting of Confederate general Thomas J.
Another significant friendly-fire incident in which no courts-martial resulted, although such action was seriously considered, occurred during the World War II invasion of Sicily.
The Korean War saw one of the few successful friendly-fire prosecutions.
During the Vietnam War, friendly-fire incidents were investigated, but (at least within the Army) findings of actionable negligence were punished under article 15 of the UCMJ (i.
One of the most publicized friendly-fire incidents involved the 27 February 1991 death of Corporal Douglas Fielder, assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armor Division (1st AD), which was part of the U.
No courts-martial resulted from the friendly-fire incident.