Once praised, sailor is ousted from Navy after romance
He knew he was going to be punished for having a fling with an ensign but he thought the captain, Cmdr. Christopher Alexander, was going too far.
In rejecting his appeal, Rear Adm. Thomas Rowden noted that "commanders imposing non-judicial punishment have wide discretion in evaluating evidence and determining facts."
Now Hendershot, 25, is out of the Navy, ousted by Alexander, who had praised his work just months earlier.
His discharge will keep him from qualifying for the GI Bill to pay for college. He's appealing.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Joshua Hendershot on the day he was ousted from the Navy. Credit: Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times