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.