Marine Raider hero arrested at US Capitol, pistol in the trunk of his car

MarineRaider2By any measurable standard, GySgt Peter Boby personifies the old Marine Corps recruiting slogan “We Still Build ‘Em Like We Use To”. Seen as a rising star in the Corps, not only is Boby selected for promotion to Master Sergeant, he’s also one of the instrumental players in the re-vamping of the seemingly super-human physical fitness training one must meet to even attend training for the Marine Raiders (formerly, the USMC Special Operations Command).

Yet the Leatherneck who’s been decorated for personal valor on the battlefield has just been arrested in Washington, DC for having his personally owned pistol in the trunk of his car.

Despite its military sounding name, reporter James K. Sanborn of the civilian-owned Marine Corps Times reported on Aug. 5, 2015, that after returning to his Capitol Hill office after spending part of the day at a Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation shooting event in Glenn Dale, Maryland, Capitol Hill Police were conducting a random check on Boby’s vehicle. It was then they found ammunition in the trunk of the vehicle, which is illegal in the nation’s capital.

Upon further search they discovered the Gunny’s .45 caliber pistol. According to Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a United States Capitol Police spokeswoman, Gunny Boby “is charged with Carrying a Pistol Without a License, Unregistered Ammunition, and Unregistered Firearm.”

Currently serving a a two-year hitch in Washington, DC as selected by the prestigious 2015 Congressional and Wounded Warrior Fellowship Selection Board, Boby is currently assigned to the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., himself a combat Marine who is currently a Major in the Marine Reserves. The San Diego Congressman defended Boby, saying the incident was likely an accident. “We are still getting the facts, but … there’s no reason to suggest it was intentional,” Hunter said.

“I’ve had Fellows for years and Peter has been a top-notch performer,” Hunter said. “He’s a hero who’s seen combat, who’s been wounded and who’s been in good standing with the Marine Corps throughout.”

According to Boby’s Linkedin page, he served multiple tours with the Second Raider Battalion in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received by an enemy IED (Improvised Explosive Device), and was later awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” denoting personal valor and heroism on the field of battle.

As Sanborn also noted, Boby was previously assigned as the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command’s recruiting team East and Okinawa. Boby was also a key player in the Raiders making the already seemingly impossible strength and endurance requirements even tougher.

Unlike the Army’s Green Berets and the Navy SEALs who both give training failures a second chance, Marine Raiders offer no such second attempt at the brass ring. For any given already hard-as-nails Marine pondering assignment to the Raiders, he first must attend and complete the 10-week physical prep course. Upon completion, he would then attempt to pass the 19-day assessment and selection training.

Only after successfully passing the slightly more than three months of strenuous physical and mental preparation does the Marine get the opportunity to attend the grueling 7-month long Individual Training Course located at Camp Lejeune, NC. In a nutshell, 8 to 10 mile runs with full pack, weapon and ammunition is considered normal training where the only easy day was yesterday. Only then would those Raider Marines be qualified to attend other warfighting courses such as (SERE) Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, (BLC) Basic Language Course, and the Advanced Sniper Course

Reported by the Marine Corps Times on June 20, 2015, the Marine Corps formally changed the name of the Special Operations Command back to the famed World War II “Marine Raiders”. With the Corps reconnecting with their WWII past, present-day Teufelhunden are reminded they have quite the legacy to live up to.

As noted, the Raiders were “Activated from 1942 to 1944 for high-stakes island raids and amphibious missions in the Pacific, the Raiders are considered the original special operations element to fight in World War II. When the four Raider battalions were deactivated after two years in combat, the 7,710 Marines and 368 sailors who fought under the name had covered themselves in glory. According to data from the Marine Raider Association and Foundation, the Raiders together earned seven Medals of Honor, 141 Navy Crosses and 330 Silver Stars.”