Kaffee:"Lieutenant, in your opinion was Private Santiago a good Marine?"
Lt. Kendrick:"I would say he was about average."
Kaffee:"Lieutenant, you signed three Proficiency and Conduct reports on Santiago and in all three reports you indicate a rating of below average."
Lt. Kendrick:"Yes, Private Santiago was below average. I did not see the need to trample on a man's grave."
Kaffee:"Well, we appreciate that but you are under oath now and I think as unpleasant as it may be we'd all just as soon hear the truth."
Lt. Kendrick:"I am aware of my oath."
Kaffee:"Lieutenant, these are the last three Pro-Con reports you signed for Lance Corporal Dawson. Dawson received two marks of exceptional, however, on this most recent report dated June 9th of this year he received a rating of below average. It's this last report I'd like to discuss for a moment."
Lt. Kendrick:"That would be fine."
Kaffee:"Lance Corporal Dawson's ranking following the school of infantry was perfect. Records indicate that more than half that class has been promoted to full Corporal while Dawson has remained a Lance Corporal. Was Dawson's promotion held up because if this last report?"
Lt. Kendrick:"I'm sure it was."
Kaffee:"Do you recall why Dawson was given such a poor grade on this last report?"
Lt. Kendrick:"I'm sure I don't. I have many men in my charge, Lieutenant. I write many reports."
Kaffee:"Lieutenant, do you recall an incident involving a PFC Curtis Bell who had been found stealing liquor from the Officer's Club?"
Lt. Kendrick:"Yes, I do."
Kaffee:"Did you report Private Bell to the proper authorities?"
Lt. Kendrick:"I have two books at my bedside, Lieutenant, the Marine Corps Code of Conduct and the King James Bible. The only proper authorities I am aware of are my commanding officer Colonel Nathan R. Jessup and the Lord our God."
Kaffee:"At your request, Lieutenant, I can have the record reflect your lack of acknowledgment of this court as a proper authority."