Navy Veteran Bill Cosby Dropped From The Rarified Rolls Of Honorary Chief Petty Officer
Bill Cosby was presented as an Honorary Chief Hospital Corpsman in 2011. The U.S.Navy dropped him from the rolls of honary chiefs on Dec.4,2014 Photo U.S. Navy
As some of us here at American Admiralty Books are in fact former Chief Petty Officers ourselves and long time fans of Bill Cosby. We view the Navy's dropping of Bill Cosby under the circumstances with very mixed feelings. Chief Petty Officers are required to uphold, demonstrate, and encourage the "core values" of our Navy. Here is the announcement that revoked Mr. Cosby's status:
"By Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs
Cosby enlisted in the Navy in 1956 and served for four years as a hospital corpsman before being honorably discharged in 1960 as a 3rd Class Petty Officer."
We certainly agree that if the allegations against Mr. Cosby were proven true that such behavior is definitely not in keeping with the core values of the Navy. But in fact nothing has been proven against Mr. Cosby and it is unlikely that anything ever will. It has been pointed out by the media,which just couldn't wait to run the stories, that the allowable time for both criminal charges and civil suits had expired. So why, one by one,did these women level charges at Mr. Cosby at this time? Of course its politically incorrect to question women who make sexual allegations and we have no facts to challenge them with. On the other hand we haven't seen any real evidence presented. More importantly there are no forums in which any evidence is likely to be tested. Some will say then why doesn't Mr. Cosby file suit against his accusers for slander. We can easily see two good reasons. First the time elapsed. There is a reason why courts bar "stale cases", witnesses and real evidence have a way of disappearing over time. Mr. Cosby may not be legally time barred from filing suit but given the elapsed time he would face all of the practical problems that cause the court to time bar the women from bringing charges or suit. Someone responded to the Secretary of the Navy and the MCPON's announcement dropping Mr. Cosby from the honorary Chief's roles thusly: