My name is Gunnery Sergeant Hughey Donald. I'm a United States Marine.
When I joined the Corps, I learned the definition of the word "honor." It is what Marines like myself hold as the supreme virtue for a warrior. I was trained to put my honor into practice in everything I do. My job is to defend those who cannot defend themselves. I don't surrender, and I don't retreat. In that respect, I am the same as every other Marine, past or present. If I had to choose between my personal safety and honor, I would choose the latter without hesitation.
The good I can do in the world depends on everyone playing by the same rules. People for whom honor and integrity are unimportant can easily find ways to use my best instincts against me. Sadly, that's exactly what happened to me in 2017. To put it simply, I was accused of "sexual assault" after leaning on a female Marine's knees at a social gathering in a nightclub. I had several interactions with this woman prior to the so-called incident, including plans to rendezvous with her in Australia. I believe the reason she accused me was for her boyfriend's benefit, since he was present at the nightclub.
I freely admit what I did was an error in judgment. I also know that I would never expect any Marine under my command to sacrifice his or her entire career for such an error.
Because of the way these kinds of accusations are handled in the military, I have not yet had an opportunity to defend myself. That is why I need your help. I believe once I have had an
opportunity to explain my actions and the history of my relationship with this female Marine prior to the nightclub encounter, I will be permitted to conclude my career with the honor I have fought so hard to preserve over the last seventeen years.
If I fail, I will be discharged from the Marines, lose my benefits and watch what I have stood for my entire life corrupted by deceit and opportunism. This is why I need your help. I must prevail if for no other reason than to demonstrate to the young men and women I am responsible to train that
their honor will not be tainted by innuendo and whisper as mine has.
I would be humbled and grateful if you would consider joining my crowdfunding campaign. I am raising funds to create a legal defense fund so my side of the story can be heard. I will blaze a path
that others caught by circumstance like myself can follow. Together we will bring sunlight and honesty to this process, where I will accept appropriate consequences for my actions, if any, and defend the honor I have fought my entire adult life to earn.
Thank you for your time. Semper Fi.