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Once praised, sailor is ousted from Navy after romance

September 3, 2011 | 10:56 am

Joshua Hendershot ousted from Navy after romance
When Navy Petty Officer Joshua Hendershot thought the punishment meted out to him by his ship's captain was too severe, he appealed.

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