The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has confirmed that a Camp Lejeune Marine is under investigation for alleged involvement with a white supremacist organization.
The Marine under investigations is Lance Cpl. Vasillios George Pistolis, 21 of Mecklenburg County, a water support technician attached to Combat Logistics Battalion 8, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, according to 1st Lt. Samir J. Glenn-Roundtree, communication strategy, and operations officer, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
Frontline PBS and ProPublica published reports alleging that Pistolis participated in the Unite the Right rally held August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia while actively serving as a U.S. Marine. Pistolis belongs to a white supremacist group called the “Atomwaffen Division, a guarded neo-Nazi ensemble whose members claim they are prepping for a coming race war.
Pistolis received his current rank on April 1, 2017, four months before the Charlottesville rally, according to Glenn-Roundtree.
Pistolis boasted online August 12, 2017, after the rally and stated: “Today I cracked 3 skulls open virtually no damage to myself,” according to Frontline story.
Frontline reached out to Pistolis through email and phone calls, questioning his visit to Charlottesville and he denied being at the event.
The NCIS released a statement regarding this incident:
“2nd Marine Logistics Group is aware of an allegation pertaining to a Marine in an MLG unit potentially involved in a supremacist organization. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has opened an investigation to determine the facts surrounding the allegations. Participants in extremist activities or organizations are inconsistent with Marine Corps values. 2nd MLG takes this allegation seriously and this matter is under investigation.”
According to Glenn-Roundtree, Pistolis‘ status with the Marine Corps has not changed.
Gleen-Roundtree says “No charges have been filed as an investigation is ongoing.”