Pardoned Soldier Stripped of Medals

Pardoned Soldier Stripped of Medals

( – In 2019, then-President Donald Trump intervened in three military cases, pardoning two soldiers and reversing the demotion of another. One of the service members he pardoned was retired Maj. Mathew Golsteyn who was charged with killing an alleged bombmaker. After his pardon, the major appealed a decision by the Army to strip him of his medals and now there’s a decision in that case.

On Wednesday, March 17, USA Today reported that the Army denied Golsteyn’s appeal. The decision was reportedly handed down last June. The Army Board for Correction of Military Records said that even though he was pardoned by the president, that doesn’t mean he is innocent, it’s only “a sign of forgiveness.”

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Gabriel Ramirez confirmed the decision to not give him back his medals, but refused to say more than that. Golsteyn issued a scathing statement saying the military branch “defied the president” by refusing to grant his appeal. His lawyer, Phillip Stackhouse, called the board’s decision “silly” and said the “Army should be ashamed.”

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