Trump restores rank to Fort Wayne native, Navy SEAL

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE/AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered a promotion for a Fort Wayne native and decorated Navy SEAL convicted of posing with a dead Islamic State captive in Iraq.

Trump ordered a promotion for Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Edward Gallagher who was in line for a promotion before he was prosecuted, but he lost that and was reduced in rank after the conviction.

Last month Adm. Mike Gilday, the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, denied a request for clemency for Gallagher and upheld a military jury’s sentence that reduced his rank by one step. One of Gallagher’s lawyers, Timothy Parlatore, said then that ruling would cost Gallagher up to $200,000 in retirement funds because of his loss of rank from a chief petty officer to a 1st class petty officer.

Gallagher ultimately was acquitted of the most serious charges against him. Grisham said the reinstatement of the promotion was “justified,” given Gallagher’s service.

“There are no words to adequately express how grateful my family and I are to our President – Donald J. Trump – for his intervention and decision,” Gallagher said in a statement on Instagram. “I truly believe that we are blessed as a nation to have a Commander-in-Chief that stands up for our warfighters, and cares about how they and their families are treated.”

The President also granted a full pardon to Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance. Another full pardon was given to Army Major Mathew Golsteyn.

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