Even though Vietnam War veteran Terry Sharpe has long since retired from the U.S. military, the 63 year-old North Carolina man is once again on the march. Carrying a Marine flag, canteen and backpack full of camping gear, Sharpe is walking from his current home in Summerfield, NC to Washington, D.C. in protest of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’ nearly six-month confinement in a Mexican jail.
The website news-record.com reports:
Sharpe said he is “walking to D.C. in protest of Sgt. Tahmooressi’s incarceration in Mexico due to a simple mistake.”
“I’m tired, I’m old,” Sharpe said jokingly. “I’m almost 64 years old.”
Sharpe is prepared for the weather and for nights in the woods with a poncho, a tarp and a hammock.
Sharpe calls his quest the “Free Sergeant Tahmooressi March to Washington.”
“I feel obligated to it. We aren’t supposed to leave a man behind, and we’re leaving him behind right now,” he said.
While Terry Sharpe’s trek is currently a one-man protest, he says he would welcome anyone else who wants to hit the road and make a statement on the Free Sergeant Tahmooressi March to Washington.
“I could use some company,” he said.
Sharpe said he does not want Tahmooressi’s story to end up lost and forgotten about.
“That’s why I’m doing it,” he said. “I think he deserves to have constant attention on his plight. I’m doing my part to keep him on the front page.”
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Breitbart.com notes that nearly six months have passed since former Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooresi was arrested just across the border in Mexico for having guns that were legal in his home state of California.
Sgt. Tahmooressi has maintained that he took a wrong turn on March 31 in a U.S. border town and accidentally ended up in Mexico, where he was arrested for having guns in his car. Mexico has extremely strict anti-gun laws, though that hasn’t stopped the tens of thousands of murders over the last decade perpetrated by cartel drug gang warfare.
The former Marine sergeant has been kept in a Mexican jail facing charges that could get him sentenced to a 21-year jail term if convicted.
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