On July 13, 2020, UAP’s CEO, LtCol David “Bull” Gurfein attended a motions hearing for GySgt Josh Negron at Camp Lejeune. The purpose of this motions hearing was to address the Unlawful Command Influence (UCI) leading up to Josh’s trial.
Watch a short video update after court with LtCol David “Bull” Gurfein alongside Josh and his wife, Erika.
While several people came to support Marine Raider, Josh Negron, one guest was of special note. The Marine Corps Legend, Major Jim Capers attended the hearing in support of our MARSOC 3 Warriors.
If you are unfamiliar with Major Capers, please take a moment to read the short biography put together by Bull below:
MAJOR JIM CAPERS
I was honored to spend the day, late into the night, with Marine Corps Legend, Major Jim Capers.
Capers was born on August 25, 1937 in South Carolina to a family of sharecroppers during the Jim Crow era.
He later moved to Baltimore where he would meet the love of his life and future wife Dottie and enlisted in the Marines.
This would be the start of a legendary career that overcame obstacles and broke barriers on and off the battlefield as one of the greatest Marines to ever serve.
He was selected to join Force Recon Marine where he participating in 64 long-range reconnaissance patrols and five major campaigns in Vietnam.
He was a natural leader and father figure to Team Broadminded, a specialized group of Force Recon Marines. Capers & Team Broadminded were routinely selected to go on the most dangerous and clandestine missions in Vietnam. Missions included a POW rescue ordered by President Johnson, amphibious assaults in the DMZ, recovery of a B-57 rumored to have a nuclear bomb, and search and destroy patrols.
He was nominated for the Medal of Honor, has been awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and Combat V, three Purple Hearts, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, three Good Conduct Ribbons, Battle Stars, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, CG Certificate of Merit, multiple letters of Merit, Appreciation, and Commendation.
He was the first African American to command a Marine Recon company and the first enlisted African American Marine Officer to receive a battlefield commission. In the fall of 1967, still recovering from combat injuries, Major James Capers was selected to represent the U.S. Marines in a national recruiting campaign. Capers’ image became the Marine Corps’ most popular recruitment campaign.Following Vietnam, Capers participated in many Cold War covert operations as a field agent in Eastern Europe and Africa. Details of these operations remain classified today.
His wife Dottie and son Gary passed away in 2003 and are buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Capers celebrated his 50th anniversary with Dottie one week before her passing. In 2010, Capers was one of only 14 members inducted into the inaugural class of U.S. Special Operations Hall of Fame and recognized as a pioneer in Recon training tactics which are still used by Special Operations forces around the world.
Now, the Marine Corps Legend, Major Jim Capers is supporting Marine Corps Raider, Gunnery Sergeant Josh Negron and the other Raiders who are being wrongfully accused of crimes.
Learn more about the case by reading this Marine Corps Times article.