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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Ever since he was young, Pvt. Dale T. Whitmore has worked for everything he had in his life.

Whitmore joined the Army in 2003 and served in Iraq as a truck driver with the 66th Transportation Company out of Kaiserslautern. Following a roadside bomb attack in July 2004, Whitmore saved the life of a fellow soldier who had shrapnel wounds to his neck.

On Tuesday, Whitmore was given a bad-conduct discharge for selling 400 pills of Ecstasy — a popular mind-altering drug — to fellow soldiers in their barracks and at clubs in Kaiserslautern. He will serve 10 months in prison.

Whitmore pleaded guilty Tuesday at a court-martial on Kleber Casern to a charge of wrongful distribution of Ecstasy. Two other soldiers who purchased Ecstasy from Whitmore have already been punished for their involvement.

After the unit returned from downrange in February, Whitmore began selling the drug but not using it himself, he testified. “After returning from Iraq, there was several occasions where I purchased Ecstasy from several people,” Whitmore said in court.

From late March to early June, Whitmore made about $5,000 selling 400 pills of Ecstasy, according to the closing argument of prosecutor Army Capt. Jose Cora. Whitmore would purchase the pills from local nationals for between seven and 10 euros each and then sell them to soldiers for between $20 and 25 euros.

“Pvt. Whitmore did a heroic act when he was in Iraq but that does not excuse what he did when he got back,” Cora said.

Soldiers who served with Whitmore in Iraq testified Tuesday that they would gladly deploy with him again. Before his sentencing, Whitmore said he would like to stay in the Army.

In an unsworn statement to the court, Whitmore apologized to his grandmother, his family, his unit and the Army.


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