Navy Upholds Sentence Reducing Rank of Decorated Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher For Posing with ISIS Corpse
Navy SEAL SOC Eddie Gallagher
The Navy on Tuesday denied a request for clemency and upheld a sentence to reduce the rank of decorated Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher for posing with a corpse of an ISIS terrorist.
The decision to uphold the sentence will cost Gallagher up to $200,000 in retirement funds.
This is how the Navy repays a warrior who dedicated almost two decades of his life to serving his country.
Fox News reported:
The Navy on Tuesday upheld the sentence of decorated Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher for posing with the body of an Islamic State (ISIS) captive in Iraq in 2017.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday made the decision after carefully reviewing the trial transcripts and the clemency request by Gallagher’s lawyers, Cmdr. Nate Christensen, Gilday’s spokesman, said in a statement. The decision was first reported by the online military publication Task & Purpose.
Gallagher’s sentence had stipulated his rank be reduced to a 1st class petty officer from chief petty officer, a reduction which will cost him up to $200,000 in retirement funds. A jury also sentenced the SEAL to pay $2,697 per month for four months.
Under Navy law, Gallagher could have had his rank reduced from chief petty officer to the most junior enlisted sailor because of the time he served in custody, but Gilday opted not to impose that punishment.
A jury in July found Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher not guilty of war crimes.
Even though Gallagher was cleared of murder charges, the jury sentenced him to reduced rank and partial pay because he took a photo with a dead ISIS terrorist.
Eddie Gallagher has served 19 years in the US Navy, 8 tours, 6 of which as an elite special forces operator — he was ranked as the top SEAL chief and his platoon ranked as the top SEAL platoon.
And because of overzealous, unethical Obama-era prosecutors, Eddie Gallagher’s rank has been reduced to an E6 paygrade which affects both his pay and benefits.