2 Marines Arrested After Flying White Nationalist Banner At A Confederate Rally – Sgt. Michael Chesny, an explosive ordnance disposal technician based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, and Staff Sgt. Joseph Manning of the Marine Corps Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, reportedly drove hours across North Carolina to attend the “Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County” rally, which organizers say is meant to celebrate southern, Confederate history.
When they arrived, the men climbed to the roof of a building adjacent to the the town’s historic courthouse and unfurled what local media characterized as a white nationalist banner. The sign featured the words ““He who controls the past controls the future,” — a quote from George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984’ — and the letters “YWNRU,” which stands for “you will not replace us” — a slogan associated with the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, according to Marine Corps Times.
Marine Booted From Corps For Flying White Nationalist Banner – Staff Sgt. Joseph Manning, of the Marine Corps Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, was charged with first-degree trespassing after unfurling a banner with the letters “YWNRU” — short for “You Will Not Replace Us,” the favorite maxim of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa established by Marine vet Nathan Damigo in 2016. Manning had mounted the flag in Graham, North Carolina, across from town’s historic courthouse during a rally by Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County, a neo-Confederate group.
Manning, a Purple Heart recipient who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, is currently “in the process of being administratively separated,” a Training and Education Command spokesman told Marine Corps Times. Sgt. Michael Chesny, the EOD technician from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point who drove hours with Manning across North Carolina to participate in the stunt, has already been slapped with an administrative punishment.