USA - The Proud Nazi, And A Serving US Marine

Vasillios Pistolis - now there's an true American Aryan name if every there was one - bragged online about his affiliations and his role in the violence in Charlottesville last year.

Pistolis was a cell-leader with 'AtomWaffen' - a Neo Nazi group linked to at least 5 murders, maybe more.

Now, as a result of a joint investigation by media groups ProPublica and Frontline PBS, he has been convicted at a court martial on trivial charges of disobeying orders and making false statements, and is likely to be thrown out of the Service.

Pistolis, a 'water support technician', was treated as low-level offender by military authorities, who tried him at what is known as a summary court martial, which is akin to a misdemeanor trial. This is America's response to the Far Right amongst them - extreme leniency. Ed Beck, a veteran who filed a report with Marine Corps investigators last October about Pistolis’ participation in a white supremacist rally in Tennessee, told ProPublica and Frontline that Pistolis’ charges were :
... the lowest level of court martial the Marine Corps could’ve decided to bring against him. In the same way that they ignored my report to them in October, I’m not surprised that this is all they charged him with.
Pistolis even tried to deny that he was in Charlottesville - despite multiple posts made during and immediately after the Charlottesville rally, where Pistolis bragged about his involvement in the violence over that fatal weekend last August, and posted photographs accompanied by detailed narratives of the assaults he committed.
Today cracked 3 skulls open with virtually no damage to myself.
... Pistolis wrote on Aug. 12, 2017, the day of the event.

Photographs taken at the rally show Pistolis clubbing an unidentified counter-protester with a wooden flagpole. Pistolis would later post photos of his bloody custom-made Confederate flag to chat logs, with the addendum, “not my blood.

Pistolis also bragged about assaulting activist Emily Gorcenski, on the night of Aug. 11, 2017. Multiple videos taken that evening show Pistolis, dressed in a black Adidas tracksuit, launch a flying kick in the direction of Gorcenski, although it is unclear if he connected. In Atomwaffen’s chats, Pistolis claimed ...
I drop kicked Emily Gorcenski.
Two other Marines, Sgt. Michael J. Chesny and Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Manning, were earlier in the year both separated from the Corps in April and December, respectively, for ties to white supremacist groups.