Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday on Tuesday upheld the sentence for Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who earlier this year was found guilty of unlawfully posing with a corpse Iraq but not guilty of allegedly killing an ISIS detainee, allowing him to retire at a reduced rank of First Class Petty Officer (E-6) rather than being automatically reduced to an E-1 in accordance with Navy regulations.
Gilday "thoroughly reviewed the record of trial, along with the clemency request submitted by the defense in the General Court-Martial of Special Operations Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher," Cmdr. Nate Christensen, spokesman for the Chief of Naval Operations, told Task & Purpose in a statement.
SAN DIEGO — The Navy SEAL who raised nearly $750,000 from a community of supporters to successfully fight war crimes charges in a San Diego court-martial is again asking for the public's help for one more round with the Navy.
Chief Eddie Gallagher, through an attorney, is asking the public to help him persuade a Navy admiral to reduce his jury-imposed punishment for posing with the body of a dead Islamic State fighter in 2017.
Specifically, he's looking for other service members who have received punishment for taking photos with dead enemy combatants — and received a lesser sentence.