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Quotes for
Pfc. Louden Downey (Character)
from A Few Good Men (1992)

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A Few Good Men (1992)
Kaffee: [asking the question slowly as Jo reminded him to do] Private, I want you to tell us one last time. Why did you go to Private Santiago's room on the night of September 6th?
Downey: [from the witness stand] A Code Red was ordered by my platoon commander... Lieutenant Jonathan James Kendrick.
Kaffee: Thank you. Your witness.
Capt. Ross: Private, the week of 2 September... the switch log has you down at Post 39 until 1600. Is that correct?
Downey: [from the witness stand] I'm sure it is, sir. They keep that log pretty good.
Capt. Ross: How far is it from Post 39 to the Windward Barracks?
Downey: [from the witness stand] Well, it's a ways, sir. It's a hike.
Capt. Ross: About how far by jeep?
Downey: [from the witness stand] About 10, 15 minutes, sir.
Capt. Ross: You ever have to walk it?
Downey: [from the witness stand] Yes, sir. That day, sir. Friday. The pick up private - That's like what we call the guy who drops us off at our post and picks us up... also 'cause he can get girls in New York City. The pickup private got a flat, sir, right at 39. He pulled up and, bam, blowout with no spare. So we had to double-time it back to the barracks.
Capt. Ross: And if it's about 10 or 15 minutes by Jeep, I'm guessing... it must be a good hour by foot, am I right?
Downey: [from the witness stand] Pickup and me did it in 45 flat, sir.
Capt. Ross: Not bad. Now, you've said that your assault on Private Santiago... was the result of an order that Lieutenant Kendrick gave you... in your barracks room at 1620, am I right?
Downey: [from the witness stand] Yes, sir.
Capt. Ross: But you just said that you didn't make it back to the Windward barracks until 1645.
Downey: [confused] Sir?
Capt. Ross: Well, if you didn't make it back to the barracks room until 1645, how could you be in your room at 1620?
Downey: [nervously] Well, you see, sir, there was a blow out.
Capt. Ross: Private, did you ever actually hear Lieutenant Kendrick order a Code Red?
Downey: [nervously] Well, Hal said that...
Capt. Ross: Private, did you ever actually hear... Lieutenant Kendrick order a Code Red?
Downey: [from the witness stand] No, sir.
Galloway: [stands up from the defense table] Please the court, I'd like to request a recess in order to confer with my client.

Capt. Ross: Why did you go into Santiago's room?
Galloway: [from the defense table] The witness has rights!
Capt. Ross: The witness has been read his rights, Commander.
Judge Randolph: The question will be repeated.
Galloway: [from the defense table] Your Honor!
Capt. Ross: [raising his voice] Why did you go into Santiago's room?
Downey: [from the witness stand] Hal?
Capt. Ross: Did Lance Corporal Dawson tell you to give Santiago a Code Red?
Downey: [from the witness stand] Hal?
Capt. Ross: [continuing to raise his voice] Don't look at him!
Dawson: [from the witness stand] Hal?
Dawson: Private, answer the captain's question!
Downey: [from the witness stand] Yes, Captain, I was given an order by my squad leader... Lance Corporal Harold W. Dawson, United States Marine Corps... and I followed it.

Judge Randolph: [Judge Randolph reading the verdict] Lance Corporal Dawson, Private First Class Downey.
[Two defendants rises]
Judge Randolph: On the charge of murder, the members find the accused not guilty. On the charge of conspiracy to commit murder, the members find the accused not guilty. On the charge of conduct unbecoming a United States Marine, the members find the accused guilty as charged. The accused are hereby sentenced to time already served, and you are ordered to be dishonorably discharged from the Marine Corps. This court martial is adjourned.
[Bangs the gavel]
Bailiff: All rise.
[the courtroom clears; Downey is baffled and afraid, and speaks to Dawson]
Downey: What does that mean?

Downey: [after the verdict was read] What did we do wrong? We did nothing wrong.
Dawson: Yeah, we did. We were supposed to fight for the people who couldn't fight for themselves. We were supposed to fight for Willie.

Kaffee: [in an interogation room] This your signature?
Dawson: Yes, sir.
Kaffee: You don't have to call me "sir."
[to Downey]
Kaffee: Is this your signature?
Downey: Sir, yes, sir.
Kaffee: You certainly don't need to do it twice in one sentence.

Downey: [after the verdict was read] I don't understand... Colonel Jessup said he ordered the Code Red.
Galloway: I know but...
Downey: [nervously] Colonel Jessup said he ordered the Code Red! What did we do wrong?
Galloway: It's not that simple...
Downey: [anxiously] What did we do wrong? We did nothing wrong!
Dawson: Yeah we did. We were supposed to fight for people who couldn't fight for themselves. We were supposed to fight for Willy.