A new report has finally unravelled the events of a US Army major’s wild escapades on a night out in Poland last September.
Major Matthew Conner, the executive officer of the 1st Battalion of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, was one of 40 military personnel who went to Gdansk to take a tour of World War II battlefields.
He ended up at Obsession, a strip club in the city’s south east which has something of a reputation.
More than one visitor to the club claims to have been offered free shots which turned out to have been laced with drugs, waking up several hours later with empty wallets.
This appears to have been what happened to Major Conner.
The helicopter gunship pilot told some of his comrades that he thought the champagne he was given at the club might have been spiked, according to a report in military newspaper Stars and Stripes.
He says that after several lap dances he ended up with receipts for payments totalling 50,000 zloty – or about £10,000.
The report says that some of Obsession’s strippers “bit his nipples to keep him awake, and he repeatedly had his card swiped.”
In the early hours of the following morning, Maj. Conner’s colleagues decided to look for him. He was not at the hotel where they were booked in, and retracing their steps around the various clubs they had visited on the night out was unsuccessful.
Eventually the major was found at a different hotel, very much the worse for wear and significantly poorer, by his unit’s battalion commander, Lt. Col. Matthew Fix.
Conner told his superiors that he was “so severely impaired” for a week after the incident that he cancelled all of his flights. He told colleagues that he ‘just did not feel right’ and it took days for him to feel normal again”.
For weeks after the incident, according to Stars and Stripes, rumours swirled around the 101st’s “No Mercy” battalion that Conner had spent thousands of dollars at an “alleged sex dungeon.”
Lt. Col. Fix is now reportedly retiring after receiving an official letter of reprimand and Maj. Conner faces a separation review board, which could well lead to a dishonourable discharge.
“The 101st Airborne Division and the XVIII Airborne Corps are aware of the incident in Poland about which you inquired,” Army Col. Joe Buccino told military news site Task & Purpose. “The command took immediate and appropriate adverse action against the leaders involved. Some officers are facing further administrative actions to determine whether they will continue to serve in the Army.”
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