The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama has nominated Lavelle to be reinstated to the rank of general, the highest in the armed forces. Lavelle died in 1979, seven years after he was forced to retire and was demoted to major general. A general wears four stars; a major general, two. Lavelle, a graduate of Cathedral Latin School and John Carroll University, had been accused of ordering unauthorized bombing raids on North Vietnam and falsifying records about the missions. It was later revealed that the accusations were unfounded.
Miami Herald reports on some blowback from the McChrystal issues.
The U.S. Army inspector general is investigating whether aides to former Afghanistan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal were insubordinate when they made a series of derogatory comments about top civilian leaders to a Rolling Stone reporter, McClatchy Newspapers has learned.
The investigation comes as the Pentagon grapples with how much access the reporter who wrote the piece, Michael Hastings, should have to troops. Hastings was banned from a scheduled embed this September in Afghanistan for being untrustworthy, Col. David Lapan, the director of the Pentagon press office, said Tuesday.