Marines, Taking Care of their Own

Marines, Taking Care of their Own

Alzheimer’s is a terrible thing. My father-in-law lost the battle with Alzheimer’s and we cared for him for almost two years. It can be devastating. You might have seen in the news where a guy checked his wife out of a memory care facility for the day. He took her around back and shot her, killing her instantly. Married for forty years, she no longer recognized him. That guy was Master Sergeant Stephen Kruspe. He was the Operations Chief when I was the Commanding Officer of 4th ANGLICO. Top Kruspe was a very professional Marine – the kind of Marine you would want in your foxhole in a firefight. He has an attorney who will try to get the charge reduced from first degree murder. And though the attorney does not expect to get paid, the expert witnesses he will need to call to testify on Top Kruspe’s behalf will. If you want to help, send a check payable to “Attorney Jonathan Kaplan” and mail it to me at 5460 Old Mystic Court, Jupiter FL 33458-3470. When I get a pile of checks, I’ll send them together to the attorney. Marines always say “Marines take care of their own.” Let’s take care of Top Kruspe. Col Paul Loschiavo USMCR (Ret), former SALT Officer, 2nd ANGLICO, and former Commanding Officer, 4th ANGLICO.
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  • James A. Howerton

    Wow. Compassionate murder in one case and getting drunk and killing a woman in another. Murder is murder and no one has the right to set themselves up as God and kill someone else. To me, the Master Sergeant threw away the title he earned of Marine. The article doesn’t say it was a compassionate killing but that’s what we’re all assuming since they were married for 40 years. Maybe it was for merciful reasons and maybe not, only the former Marine and God know that. If he really loved her, wouldn’t it be more compassionate to care for her? The second case is a 2nd degree murder. It doesn’t say whether this was pled down to or even how he killed her. Another former Marine who threw away that title. I, like most younger Marines (at least in my day) got drunk quite a few times (OK, every weekend). But I never came close to killing a woman. I once came back from a 6 month deployment and found out my girlfriend had been cheating on me. Instead of killing her I just walked away. She came by my apartment once about 3 months later and begged me to take her back but that trust was destroyed so there was no way it was happening. I just can’t, in good faith, support anyone who takes someone’s life when the use of deadly force isn’t authorized. To me, Semper Fidelis means Always Faithful to not only God, Country and Corps but to the beliefs instilled in us in boot camp. Those dead women had all their rights taken away by these men. The least they deserve is the loss of those rights also.


  • David Earl TYre

    In reply to Top Pro USMC ‘64-’84.
    Simply, I could not even consider doing that to my wife! She’s been too good to me all these years, but I can’t judge the “Top” for what he did. He must have loved her a lot to keep her from turning into a vegetable.


  • John Carr

    In reply to Top Pro USMC ‘64-’84.
    You are exactly right with your comment Top. What he did was so wrong in so many ways. I can see the compassion the Col. is trying to express, but in the wrong direction. 1960-1964 Semper-Fi.


  • Chaplain Ron Brandon

    In reply to Harry.
    I don’t think murder is the answer even if it was done as an act of mercy…however, I don’t think this former Marine should have to do life in prison either…yes he is guilty and should do about 10 or so years to think about what he did. But not spend forever in some rotten prison with his track record of being a man who gave so much for so little…. There are mitigating circumstances involved here. They should be considered. Former Marine Corp combat vet Vietnam Ripley’s Raiders 1967-1968


  • Chaplain Ron Brandon

    There is a former Marine who is now in San Quentin state prison for 2nd degree murder. He is going on 31 years for this crime….no other crimes committed just this one…he was drunk and killed a women. Normally a man does about 12 to 15 years for 2nd degree murder. Can anyone help this Marine to get out of prison? He has done his time. His rights have been trampled all over too, at the parole board hearings. Semper Fidelis!Ron Brandon USMC 1965-1971 Inmates name is: Bernard Werner


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