First Lieutenant Bernard Geller

First Lieutenant Bernard Geller

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, July 28, 1953

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Bernard Geller

First Lieutenant Bernard Geller was shot and killed after arriving at the scene of shots fired call near Naha Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

A United States airman argued with a local Okinawan and shot the man before stealing his M1 carbine rifle. When First Lieutenant Geller ordered the airman to halt, he was shot and killed. The airman stole Lieutenant Geller's service pistol and wounded another military policeman before escaping. Other military policemen wounded the airman before placing him into custody.

The airman was found guilty of homicide on October 5th and sentenced to death pending review by the United States Air Force and the President of the United States. On December 3, 1954, the death sentence was upheld by the court of military appeals in Washington, DC, pending final review by President Eisenhower. The airman was confined to Fort Leavenworth on June 3, 1955. President Dwight D. Eisenhower commuted the death sentence to 55 years in prison on September 24, 1957.

First Lieutenant Geller was a United States World War II Army veteran and was on his second tour as a commissioned officer, assigned to the 98th Military Police Battalion Headquarters. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, mother, three sisters, and brother, who was a police officer in New York.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 10 years, 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Overseas
  • Weapon Rifle; M-1
  • Offender Sentenced to 55 years in prison

EDP, shots fired

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Lt. Geller,
On today, the 70th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-especially during World War II and the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

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United States Border Patrol

July 28, 2023

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