Green Beret’s Murder in Mali, and the Money Scheme
Back on June 4, 2017, Green Beret SSgt Logan Melgar, 34, was found strangled to death in the Embassy housing in Mali where he and two Navy SEALs resided. Since then, the Army has changed the SEALs status in the investigation from witnesses to “persons of interest” as allegations of illicit activity surfaced.
Two roommates of SSgt Melgar are part of SEAL Team Six, and are currently on administrative leave. It is alleged that the SEALs siphoned off money for themselves out of a fund used to pay confidential informants, and Melgar confronted them. They offered to cut him in, so the story goes, but he declined.
The SEALs told investigators that Melgar was drunk during “hand to hand combat exercises” when he died. Except that according to Military.com, the autopsy report showed no alcohol or drugs in his bloodstream at all. The story unraveled from there.
According to the Daily Beast,
“Melgar, a staff sergeant in the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group, was specifically selected for an intelligence operation in the West African nation of Mali. He was well respected by the American Embassy staff and the partner forces there, a former U.S. Africa Command official said. But shortly before he died, Melgar told his wife that he had a bad feeling about two of his partners in that effort, both of whom were members of SEAL Team Six.
Not wanting to say much more, Melgar informed his wife, Michelle, that he’d tell her the full story when he got back home, according to an official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing…
…It is unknown what specifically started the June 4 altercation at 5 a.m. but it escalated. Melgar lost consciousness—and, worse, stopped breathing. The SEALs attempted to open an airway in Melgar’s throat, officials said. It is unknown whether Melgar died immediately. The SEALs and another Green Beret, according to former AFRICOM officials, drove to a nearby French clinic seeking help. Melgar was dead when he arrived at the clinic, the official said. Asphyxiation was the cause of death.”
How much of these allegations are true is unknown at this point. But the mere fact that these two SEALs are alleged to have participated in a scheme to get money and commit murder give a huge black eye to the proud tradition of the US Navy Special Warfighters Program (SEAL), and in particular SEAL Team Six.
Special Forces Members turning on each other is almost unheard of. But greed can do strange things to people.
Featured photo: SSgt Logan Melgar, Army Special Operations Command