By Tom Carpenter, attorney and former Marine Captain.
How fitting that the one-year anniversary of the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law was celebrated on the USS Intrepid. On the actual date of the anniversary, September 20, I attended a screening of a new independent film, “Burning Blue,” an adaptation of a play with the same title written by my good friend, and fellow Naval Academy graduate, David Greer.
I had seen this play in London a number of years ago and left the theater emotionally drained but inspired. It is a story of a group of young naval aviators, members of a hard charging Navy F–18 fighter squadron, flying off an attack aircraft carrier during the mid-1990s. Two Lieutenants, one the married son of the Chief of Naval Operations, the other a handsome bachelor, come to grips with their sexual orientation. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigates both, one resigns his commission and the other is killed in an aircraft accident.
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