Eddie Gallagher, Navy SEAL in the Brig for War Crimes

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SOC Eddie Gallagher, 39, is in the brig at Miramar, California on war crimes charges stemming from a May 3, 2017 incident in which an ISIS fighter was stabbed in the body and neck until he died. Gallagher also faces aggravated assault charges from separate incidents, abuse of drugs, possession of steroids, and obstruction of justice. But there are two sides to every story.

He’s not the only one, as the platoon commander, Jason Portier has also been arrested, according to the Navy Times. The investigation has targeted more than a dozen SEALs who deployed to Iraq between 2017 and early 2018. According to the Navy Times, Portier is proud that he brought every one of his team home safely from the intense firefight on May 3.

Gallagher is the only one so far that has been placed in pretrial confinement at Miramar- he has been there since September 11, 2018.

Innocent until proven guilty?

The charge sheet includes:

Allegedly stabbing an ISIS member to death, posing for a photograph next to the body, and operating an aerial drone above it which brought “discredit upon the armed forces.”

In June of 2017 allegedly “gunning down” a noncombatant male.

In July of 2017 allegedly “gunning down” a noncombatant female.

Alleged abuse of tramadol, an opiate for which Gallagher had a prescription, according to his defense attorney Philip Stackhouse.

Alleged possession of Sustanon-250, an anabolic steroid – allegedly found during an NCIS search of his residence back in June, when he was detained the first time.

Three counts of obstruction for allegedly telling his men not to say anything about the allegations.

Eddie Gallagher, the Navy SEAL

The article says that someone reported the “war crime” through the chain of command. But for a minute, let’s look at the man, the SEAL, the veteran. There are two sides to every story, and since the narrative of his alleged actions is damning, here’s the other side.

The Navy SEALs Fund has opened a campaign for Gallagher’s legal defense. You can also read a full biography of SOC Gallagher at the link. Here is part of what it says:

“Dozens of armed NCIS thugs masquerading as SWAT Police in full combat gear laid siege to the family home, pulling his young children at gunpoint into the street in their underwear while NCIS knew very well that neither parent was at home. That is not what you would expect to happen in America, and yet it did.

On Patriots Day, September 11th, 2018, Chief Eddie Gallagher was shackled like a common criminal, taken from in-patient care at NICoE Pendleton, and held in solitary confinement for 72 hours while remaining shackled. He has now been in jail for over a month on pre-trial confinement.

As he and his legal team prepare an upcoming defense before the United States Navy to fight these absurd charges, he and his family need your support. As you can see in his bio (at end of page), Chief Eddie Gallagher is a tried and true Warrior. He has earned multiple decorations including three medals for valor in combat. He has sacrificed greatly for the country he loves, ensuring you and your family can sleep peacefully in the warmth of your beds at home.”

SOC Gallagher’s awards  include 2 Bronze stars with V device,  Meritorious Unit commendation, Presidential Unit citation two Navy Commendation medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals- one with V device, and four good conduct awards. He went through 8 tours of duty, 6 of which were as a special operator.

SOC Gallagher’s service demands respect, regardless of the charges he faces. We can’t know the circumstances of all the crimes for which he is accused. It’s not the first time both contractors and American military members have been accused of war crimes. Many of them languish in Federal prisons undeservedly.


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  • Michael katz

    Having served in the Marine Corps and being a retired police detective, i can tell you this is more common than people realize. In both entities! Many times “they” do these things just because they can. The public only sees dramatic representations and fictional stories showing rogue soldiers/officers doing whatever they want. Just look at a superior wrong and this happens. Disgusting.

    • Adam McFaudoo

      Cool story bro

    • Deb

      In ‘both’ entities?…. so your point is… that murderous extremists….. and marines.. are the same? What a stupid comment… NO and again NO… our military.. OUR police are supposed to be better … we as a country are supposed to be better.. and is YOU guys on the inside see this stuff and know these stories.. then it’s even more disgusting that it keeps happening… speak up.. you know why wrongs keep happening.. because those in the know.. “YOU”.. don’t stand up to it..

      • Ali Bruni

        Have some respect. My goodness what’s wrong with people these days!? The arrogance coupled with profound ignorance and hostility is so commonplace in society today. That is disturbing. Who are you to lecture our soldiers, verterans, and law enforcement?! Have you ever served your country and risked your life for others freedom for a single day in your life?? I’m just gonna assume the answer to that is a big fat NO. Consider not opening your mouth when you have nothing productive to say & maybe find some one who can teach you manners or at minimum common courtesy. Good luck to you.

  • Carolyn merz

    Why did the US have military forces in Iraq? To rescue the Iraq people from the repressive dictatorship of Sadam Hussein, for one. Each and every one of the people who answered the call to further freedom in the world, putting their lives at risk, deserves our (and all freedom-loving people) our highest respect. The Navy Seals, and in particularly the patriotic Eddie Gallagher does NOT belong incarcerated, but lauded as the hero he is.

    • Dr. Kpuanani Johnson

      Whoa! We invaded Iraq because we were looking for weapons of mass destruction. Remember that?

      Military members are expected to hold themselves above what this man is accused of. He may very well be guilty.
      The invasion of his home could have been done under better protocol.

      If steroids were found, I would suspect the charges about his actions are true. He must be held accountable.

      I am a retired Army officer who also spent 6 years in the Navy. I am also a behavioral health counselor.

      • Liarreg Or

        You say that the invasion of his home could have been done under better protocol. Were you referring to raiding his home knowing he and his wife were our and parading the children in their underwear out onto the street or were you assessing the arrest and shackling of the good soldier Gallagher [until proven otherwise]
        and then placing him in solitary confinement with the shackles on for 72 hours. Was there any reason to think just asking Gallagher to turn himself in, as an arrest warrant was being issued for his arrest, would not have
        been complied with ? His alleged crimes were just that but the behavior of the DoD personnel responsible for ordering these profoundly disturbing disrespectful actions against the good soldier and his family are unpardonable and those responsible should be identified and separated from the US military. Military members especially in high positions operating the machinery of Justice are expected by the American people
        to treat good soldiers with respect and fairness and not feel free to deploy cruel and unusual punishments such as humiliating the children and spouse as well as the good soldier or suffering him to be in shackles and in solitary confinement for 72 hours and do this with he expectation of escaping culpability for their routine[?] abuse of their power and authority and shaming us all by their actions.
        If I may make a critical observation, this assertion of ” I am a behavioral health counselor” seems a paradoxical thing as your comment has an inherent kiss up kick down quality [express belief in probable guilt of the un-convicted, & later acquitted, good soldier while tacitly approving, and clearly not disapproving the outrageous behavior of “officers” responsible for the abusive treatment mentioned above of the good soldier Gallagher and his entirely innocent family. I was tempted to use the most common terminology [Butt L’ ‘ ‘ er] but it is probably too colorful; yet one must ponder under the light you shed as a former officer, if that is the sad stuff of DoD ‘officers’ in America today. No personal offense intended.

  • Roland Hall, MSG retired

    Who’s after this guy and why are we letting them do it?

  • Jeffrey Ziegler

    Doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or Democrat or whether you agree or disagree with the President’s November 15, 2019 pardons of Army Major Matt Golsteyn, Army 1LT Clint Lorance, or Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher – one FACT remains as was expressed in almost every news cycle report over the past three days: The military “justice” system is totally corrupt.

    But just as I experienced with US Army lawyers, you get some self-serving, mealy-mouthed, pencil-necked, geek lawyer who sees it as a way to advance his career over his peers. Just like now US Army lawyer lieutenant colonel (he was a captain when it happened back in 2004 so he has since been promoted TWICE) Matthew Fitzgerald who LIED to his state bar multiple times after threatening me to do something which he knew was clearly against Army regulations. All so that he could boast this as a “success” on his annual officer efficiency report – to which I have a copy of his report (and posted on my Facebook page noted below).

    Or as a retired Army JAG Colonel friend said to me over this matter: “Forget it if you ever think that something is going to happen – the Army lawyers are as thick as thieves.”

    See it all to include evidence at https://www.facebook.com/people/Feres-Doctrine/100011369043077

  • thomas

    You send a Marine to fight a war, he should be able to kill the enemy anyway he sees fit…

    If the shoe was on the other foot, they’d kill you too.

  • Joel Benson

    So, Trump saved Gallagher from the consequences of his alleged breach of military discipline. Why is the Pentagon so mad about this?

    Well, the military trains men to kill without hesitation when they are told to do so or when the code of engagement enables and authorizes a kill. Killing is therefore controlled by military discipline. This system works fine unless a trained soldier kills or acts outside the bounds of discipline. In that case he must suffer.

    Occasionally the military will put on a “show trial” of a man charged with breach of discipline. The purpose is to destroy the man’s career, imprison him if possible and strip him of his badges of honor. This sends a message to all soldiers that they must follow the rules of combat with discipline or they too will be destroyed. The show trial is an effective lesson.

    Here, Trump cancelled out the effects of Gallagher’s show trial because he thought it was unfair, prejudicial and biased against Gallagher. Of course, Trump was right. But, according to military tradition, the show trial was not intended to be fair and unbiased. It was intended to send a message about the consequences of a breach of discipline. That is why the Pentagon is mad. Now they will have to find someone else to hang and they worry that in the meantime discipline will suffer and diminish our ability to win wars.

    Make no mistake, the Pentagon and our military leaders are not nice people. They’ll do whatever they think is necessary to win conflicts and wars, consistent with their own rules of discipline. What do we learn from this? Military tribunals must be watched to ensure that justice is served absent any prejudice injected by the military. command structure.

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