October 26th, 2010
10:54 AM ET

Mother of accused soldier asks 'Where was the Army?'

Five American soldiers have been charged with killing Afghan civilians for sport and staging the slayings to look like legitimate war casualties. The youngest of those five - a now 20-year-old private from Idaho - came home a changed man, his mother says.

And, said Dana Holmes, the Army not only should have known something had gone dreadfully wrong, but commanding officers should be held responsible.

"The man that came home was not my son," said Holmes. "He was very thin. He'd lost about 50 pounds. He said the Army told him he had a parasite. I made him his favorite sandwich, and it took him two days to eat the whole sandwich. Just couldn't eat, he didn't sleep."

Read the full story from CNN's Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston


Filed under: Soldier tapes
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  1. Alyce

    This clip is a perfect example of how our media manipulates the public. The first thing you learn about being a soldier is about the core army values- Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. Engaging in the use of illegal drygs while on duty is a violation of all of these values. Trying to point a finger but anyone but the soldier is outrageous to me. He is an adult. He volubteered for the Army on his own behalf. He is a selfish and immature and irresposible to have used drugs while on duty in the first place. The events that followed his drug use are no ones fault but his own. My advise to anyone who has never served and would like to comment on this issue: Stop trying to blame the army for everything, and thank whomever you pray to that you have people willling to sacrifice for you.

    December 5, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. FFUS248

    Idk what drugs he's on but we need them in this country.

    November 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DontBHateN

    I think we know who the pot smoker is!!! Hello!!!

    October 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nike

      @DontBHateN He doesn't smoke pot, he smokes crack. hence the head spining 360 degrees...

      October 28, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Candice

    Praying for both of them. It must be hard seeing your child change like this. No one should comment on what the soldier should have done or been like unless you have been a soldier. No one knows what they go through except our servicemen & women! Thank God for our military and all they do to keep us FREE!

    October 27, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dindy.....

    Mothers cant be happy when children do a wrong thing. Both Mom and soldier must repent for what took place.

    October 27, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    It's the leadership in the Army that's equally responsable for these atrocities by permitting them to happen. That goes to show that we should never have gotten into this obnoxious war in the first place!

    October 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andrew Lubin

    She's completely correct – where was Army Senior Leadership?? And where is it today; where General Casey still has made NO comment on the allegations against his soldiers. The failure of Army leadership continues....

    October 26, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Caity

      Um, what's with the "hindu" thing? 360 degrees? 180 degrees? What are you talking about. Are you saying that his actions have something to do with a primarliy Indian religion? Are you being excessively inflammatory for no reason and equating HInduism with his actions although they have nothing to do with each other, just to annoy Hindus?

      Also, even if he is only 20, his is still an ADULT, and it isn't directly his mother's fault is indeed the allegations are true.

      October 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • DontBHateN

      HUH?? W.T.H??
      Do you have any idea what happens when our young boys who enter the U.S. Army? The Army deprograms them and then reprograms them to become the best Soldiers they can be. However, under the authority of a sadistic platoon leader and you mix that with drug usage, you can bet they can become un-discriminating killing machines! Usually, we never hear about this kind of behavior, but I have friends who are Viet Nam Vets and I have heard stories much worst than this!! In the seventies some of the soldiers brought back photo’s of what they had endured so that their families could understand why they were NOT the same person who had left to join the Army. And then we understood!!

      October 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |