US Army refuses to return medal to soldier Trump pardoned over murder


The US Army has rejected an appeal for the return of medals of valour by a retired Army major who was pardoned by the then-president Donald Trump over a murder charge in Afghanistan.

Retired Major Mathew Golsteyn had sought the restoration of his Silver Star Medal and Special Forces tab after his presidential pardon. The restoration of his tab would have marked his service as a member of the elite Army Special Forces, colloquially referred to as the Green Berets.

The Army had reached its decision last year, but did not announce it until the end of the Trump presidency, reported USA Today.

Golsteyn was charged with the murder of an Afghan civilian in Marjah who he claimed was a bomb maker for the Taliban. His case gained prominence after Mr Trump said during his presidency that he would review the officer’s case. He was subsequently pardoned on 15 November 2019.

Since his pardon, the retired army officer sought restoration of both his tab and medal, but the Army has repeatedly refused his request and subsequent appeal.



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