A Marine Corps reservist is under fire for taking and posting a photo of what appears to be a swastika created from the boots of fellow marines.
"We can confirm that Pfc. Anthony D. Schroader is a member of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve and is assigned to 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve located in West Palm Beach, Florida," Marine Forces Reserve told ABC News.”
According to multiple sources, Schroader allegedly sent a controversial photo to a publisher of a popular comic series about the Marine Corps. The snap apparently depicted a swastika formation created by the boots of several fellow Marines.
“The picture came to light on April 26 when ‘Terminal Lance’ creator and Marine veteran Maximilian Uriarte sent a tweet to the Marine Corps suggesting that Corps officials investigate.
“Uriarte, who is Jewish, told ‘Task & Purpose’ that he later deleted the tweet after he got confirmation the Corps would be looking into the matter.”
ABC News reports that "Schroader joined the Marine Forces Reserve last July and graduated from boot camp in January. He arrived at his first assignment in West Palm Beach on Friday, the same day he allegedly sent the photo to Uriarte.
"The Marine Forces Reserve could not identify the other individuals with boots in the photo due to the ongoing investigation."
This is not the first time an active member of the Marine Corps has been in trouble for pushing the limits of edgy humor.
“In February, Corps officials announced they were looking into Lance Cpl. Mason Mead after he allegedly posted images of explosives forming a swastika and a picture of himself in blackface with the message, ‘hello, fellow black men.’"
The Marine Corps has not commented on what action, if any, will be taken in response to this incident. Major Roger Hollenbeck issued this statement:
"There is no place for racial hatred or extremism in the Marine Corps," Maj. Roger Hollenbeck told Task & Purpose.
“The‘ Terminal Lance’ tweet featuring derogatory behavior by Marines is currently being investigated and any further comment would be premature."