Rare battlefield war crimes case reaches sentencing phase at Guantánamo Bay

A photo of Capt. Daniel W. Eggers in Afghanistan, center, hangs on the wall at Mission Barbecue in Cape Coral, Fla., June 6, 2024. Captain Eggers was 28 when he was killed and on his second tour in Afghanistan. [Thomas Simonetti/The New York Times]

Twenty years ago, when the Eggers family of Cape Coral, Florida, got the devastating news that their eldest son had been killed in Afghanistan, they did what Gold Star families do.

They buried him at Arlington National Cemetery. They listened as an Army priest described his last battlefield confession. They mourned with President George W. Bush, the commander in chief, and they faithfully honored him each Memorial Day.

This week, the father and sister of Capt. Daniel W. Eggers, a Green Beret, are honoring him in a different way. They are at Guantánamo Bay to represent him at the sentencing trial of a former commander of enemy insurgents in Afghanistan.

Eggers was 28 when he was killed and on his second tour in Afghanistan. He had immersed himself in Afghan food and culture, and spoke Pashto. "He was a very humble gentleman," Bill Eggers, his father, said in a...

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