The family of Navy SEAL Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, who in July was found guilty of posing with the corpse of a 17-year-old ISIS fighter while on deployment to Mosul, Iraq, in 2017, is asking President Donald Trump for a pardon.
On Tuesday, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday issued the final decision on the trial, upholding the guilty verdict and the demotion of Gallagher from Chief to First Class Petty Officer, reducing his lifetime pension.
“Enough is enough,” Andrea Gallagher, Edward Gallagher’s wife, said Friday, Nov. 1. “The Navy should have let him retire as the rank of Chief … . They also stripped him of his Silver Star which he rated and we want that back.”
Andrea Gallagher, on Thursday, took to social media, asking members of Congress to sign onto a letter to Trump and “right the wrongdoing of the Navy leadership.” She also asked members of the public to encourage their congressional representatives to sign the letter.
The posts on Facebook and Instagram added that the demotion in rank is not only an insult to Gallagher, who served eight deployments and earned two bronze stars over a 20-year career, but also an “immeasurable amount of injustice” to the Gallagher family at the hands of multiple government and military agencies.