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|name=Edward MacDougan
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|name=Edward "Mackie" MacDougan
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|affiliation=[[Earth Alliance]]<br /><small>(Loyal to Clark: early 2261)<br />(Loyal to Babylon 5 forces: late 2261)</small><br>[[Earthforce]]
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|affiliation=[[Earth Alliance]]<br /><small>(Loyal to Clark: 2261-2262)<br />(Loyal to Babylon 5 forces: 2262)</small><br>[[EarthForce]]
 
|actor=[[Richard Gant]]
 
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{{Quote box|Back at [[Earthforce Academy|the Academy]], you used to pose moral conflicts for us as part of your training. You said that soldiers aren't machines, they have to think, they have to decide if an order is moral or not. Well, what does your conscience tell you?|John Sheridan}}
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'''Edward "Mackie" MacDougan''' is the commander of the [[EAS Vesta|EAS ''Vesta'']].
[[Captain]] '''Edward "Mackie" MacDougan''' was the commander of the [[EAS Vesta|EAS ''Vesta'']].
 
   
==History==
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In 2261 he and his ship were assigned to the illegal blockade of [[Proxima 3]] ordered by President [[Morgan Clark]]. He went to great lengths to avoid attacking civilian targets while stationed there.
In the [[2240]]s, MacDougan served as an instructor at [[Earthforce Academy]]. As part of their training, MacDougan would pose moral conflicts for his students, among them a cadet by the name of [[John Sheridan]]. He told them that soldiers are not machines and must think for themselves to decide if an order is moral or not.<ref name=NSNR>[[No Surrender, No Retreat]]</ref> MacDougan would also go on to teach one Cadet [[Leo Frank]].<ref name=tFotE>[[The Face of the Enemy]]</ref>
 
   
In [[2261]], he and his ship were assigned to the illegal [[Blockade of Proxima III|blockade]] of [[Proxima III]] ordered by [[President of the Earth Alliance|President]] [[Morgan Clark]]. He went to great lengths to avoid attacking civilian targets while stationed there. During the [[Battle of Proxima III]], MacDougan broke radio silence and opened communications with the rebel commander, Captain John Sheridan. Following this conversation, during which Sheridan reminded his former teacher and old friend of his lessons on morality, MacDougan refused to engage the [[White Star class|White Star]] fleet, feeling that it would be an action in support of illegal orders.
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During the [[Battle of Proxima 3]], Captain MacDougan broke radio silence and opened communications with Captain [[John Sheridan]]. Following this conversation, MacDougan refused to engage the [[Whitestar]] fleet, feeling that it would be an action in support of illegal orders.
   
As a result, Captain [[Trevor Hall]] promoted [[Commander]] [[Robert Philby]] and ordered him to take command of the ''Vesta''. He proceeded to bring the ''Vesta'' into the fight, but only for a short time. The crew of the ''Vesta'' mutinied against Philby and quickly returned command to MacDougan. He ordered the ''Vesta'' to stand down, and declared his ship non-hostile to the White Star fleet. Later he would join up with Sheridan's forces and participate in subsequent battles of the war.<ref name=NSNR/>
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As a result, Captain [[Trevor Hall]] promoted Commander [[William Philby]] and ordered him to take command of the Vesta. He preceded to bring the Vesta into the fight, but only for a short time. The crew of the Vesta "postponed" Philby's promotion, and returned command to MacDougan. He ordered the Vesta to stand down, and declared his ship non-hostile to the Whitestar fleet.
   
After his defection, Clark loyalists in Earthforce briefed all starship captains that MacDougan and his crew had been executed and that a [[Minbari]] crew had been put in charge of the ''Vesta''. His voice was enough to convince Captain [[Leo Frank]] of the [[EAS Cadmus|EAS ''Cadmus'']] to stand down.<ref name=tFotE/>
 
   
==References==
 
<small>{{Reflist|2}}</small>
 
 
[[Category:People|MacDougan, Edward]]
 
[[Category:People|MacDougan, Edward]]
[[Category:Males|MacDougan, Edward]]
 
 
[[Category:Humans|MacDougan, Edward]]
 
[[Category:Humans|MacDougan, Edward]]
[[Category:Earthforce personnel|MacDougan, Edward]]
 
[[Category:Clark-loyalists|MacDougan, Edward]]
 
[[Category:Earth Alliance Resistance personnel|MacDougan, Edward]]
 
[[Category:Starship Captains|MacDougan, Edward]]
 
[[Category:Captain|MacDougan, Edward]]
 
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