Friendly Fire

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Any unintentional discharge or misdirection of firepower or other weapons of war (e.g., gunfire, dropping of bombs and shelling by long-range weapons) in an armed conflict against combatants of the same side
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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.
One of the most puzzling and seemingly avoidable friendly-fire incidents occurred during the American enforcement of a "no-fly zone" in northern Iraq as part of Operation PROVIDE COMFORT.
The application of the military justice system to this friendly-fire incident again proved controversial.
Some friendly-fire incidents, while tragic, are also understandable and should not rise to the level of court-martial offenses.