A Woman Scorned: The Navy Responds

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Last Friday, we ran this post about this letter in the Naval War College Review by a woman engaged to a Navy commanding officer. She alleged he had lied to her, and dragged halfway around the globe – to Guam, no less – by him, forsaking her career and three years of her life.

We asked the Navy on Friday about the letter. Sunday night, Navy Lieut. Commander Ryan Perry responded with the following statement:

The Naval War College Review published a letter to the editor, entitled “Double Lives” as one of four letters for the “In My View” section of the Spring 2013 issue of the journal.

The letter was considered and published by the editor because it commented on the topic of a previously published article entitled “The Navy’s Moral Compass” in the Summer 2012 issue. This is not at all atypical for an academic journal of this kind.

Though we cannot speak to the specific details recounted in the letter, we stand by the high personal and professional standards to which we hold naval officers — especially those in command.

We expect them to lead well and to exemplify at all times our institutional values. When they fail to do that, they are held to account.

We’ve noted before on Battleland how the Navy, in our opinion, tends to hold its commanders more accountable than the other services when it comes to dealing with wayward officers. So we’ll reserve judgment in this case until we hear more.


Would as many people be supportive of a man publishing a condemnation of an individual woman in a paper.? I'm betting they would criticize him for bringing up a personal matter in a national paper. Why should the woman who wrote this article be treated differently?


Purely for curiosity's sake and without needing to know the particular individuals involved, one wonders with bated breath further information. Was he a complete fraud and he indeed lead her on or was he honestly not understanding what she took to be a marriage proposal? Was she honestly reading his message or was she stalking him? There's a plot for television's NCIS there somewhere, eh?


@The_Gull She wasn't the only one he did it to.  She uncovered and contacted at least one other woman, IIRC.  Doubt that it's a "he said she said" situation if there's more than one.


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