Marine critical of President Obama is out of the Marine Corps
Stein, who was a sergeant, posted the news Thursday on his Facebook page: "Although today was my last day in the Marine Corps, no one can take the title away from me. Now on to bigger and better things. Semper Fi."
Ten minutes later, the 26-year-old, who served nine years including a tour in Iraq, posted a comment critical of Obama: "Obama's not trying to 'lead the country back to fiscal health.' He's trying to 'fundamentally transform' this nation."
Stein was given an other-than-honorable discharge after a general agreed with a finding by an Administrative Separation Board at Camp Pendleton that his comments criticizing Obama were detrimental to good order and discipline.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Gary Stein outside federal court, as attorneys last month sought to block his discharge from the Marine Corps. Credit: Associated Press