Walterville resident Kris Millegan will be in federal court in South Carolina on Halloween, defending himself and his publishing company against a lawsuit filed by the Special Forces Association (see "Sinister Forces" cover story 8/25).
The lawsuit is an attempt to shut down Tine Day Books following the publication in 2003 of Expendable Elite: One Soldier's Journey into Covert Warfare, a Vietnam memoir of Lt. Col. USASF (Ret) Daniel Marvin. The book documents covert Special Forces incursions into Cambodia in 1966, as well as assassination efforts.
"If the Special Forces Association has their way, you will never know what really happened," says Millegan. "Nothing in the book is classified or describes operations not already outed by a variety of sources."
Millegan says the colonel became a born-again Christian and decided to tell the truth, and his "credibility makes the Special Forces Association based in Fort Bragg uncomfortable enough to launch a campaign of intimidation and harassment against the author, his publisher Trine Day and even the book's national distributor IPG to cut off the publisher's source of income and force him to comply."
Millegan says he has already spent about $20,000 on attorney fees and is scrambling to come up with another $15,000 to defend himself. "They are trying to bully and bankrupt me," he says.