His team members said he stabbed a teen aged prisoner in the neck....that he and his team, by the way, didn't capture. An accomplice testified he finished off the prisoner as an excuse for why the Seal shouldn't be held accountable. He was said by his team members to have shot civilians including a girl and an old man from a distance as a Medic-sniper previously. He was found guilty of one count of posing with the murdered prisoner while taking his reenlistment oath. He also posted the photo online with the dead man saying he got him with his knife.
Probably a lot of Navy Seals are either feeling real proud or really ashamed tonight.
The court that let him go on all significant charges and that makes me ashamed to be an American tonight.
"President Donald Trump, who intervened earlier this year to have Gallagher moved from the brig to less restrictive confinement, tweeted congratulations to the SEAL and his family." AP.
“You have been through much together. Glad I could help!” the president wrote." AP.
Men used to get dishonorable discharges for less than the least of what he was accused of doing.
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22 South Vietnamese civilians. He was originally charged with killing 109, out of the several hundred
that were killed that day. His punishment was house arrest in his quarters at Ft Benning for 3.5 years.
So by comparison, Calley served less than 2 months of house arrest for each of the 22 deaths he was
convicted of. The Navy Seal spent 4 months in custody, twice as much per victim.
It doesn't really bother me that he killed that guy, maybe I'm just a bad person, but to me it was just
one less enemy to try to kill our troops. But it's over and everyone can just move on.
Peace is that brief, quiet moment in history.......... when everybody stands around reloading.
I remember a guy who was messed up by a mine planted on the edge of a field and a farmer plowing that field. Nobody killed the farmer....he probably knew the edge of the field was mined but was caught between us and the VC and we knew it. I remember a couple of prisoners in Cambodia after we had been fighting for a couple of days. Nobody killed them for surrendering.
I wouldn't expect the services to give out medals for not killing prisoners but, in my estimation, they shouldn't act like it doesn't matter when someone does murder a prisoner or shoot civilians. It reflects on those who served their country and played by the rules.