The U.S. Marine Corps said Major General Richard A. Huck, former commanding general of the 2nd Marine Division, had received a letter of censure for the "actions he took and failed to take" in response to the killings.
Colonel Stephen W. Davis and Colonel Robert G. Sokoloski also received letters of censure.
Iraqi witnesses say U.S. troops killed two dozen unarmed men, women, and children in Al-Haditha after a Marine died in a roadside bomb.
The disciplinary action came as a preliminary hearing continued in the case for Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, who is accused of murdering several of the Iraqis.
(AP, Reuters, AFP)