A former U.S. Army Green Beret officer who was one of three military members President Donald Trump recently pardoned said Thursday he wants the Pentagon to reinstate a combat decoration that he had been awarded but that was later revoked.
Maj. Mathew Golsteyn is also asking the Army to give him back the Special Forces tab that he received after successfully completing the highly competitive and grueling Special Forces Qualification Course to qualify for the Green Berets, the Washington Times reported, quoting San Diego-based attorney Phillip Stackhouse, who is representing Golsteyn.
John McHugh, who was serving as Army secretary under President Obama, agreed in 2011 to upgrade Golsteyn’s medal, a Silver Star, to the Distinguished Service Cross, which is directly below the Medal of Honor.
However, the upgrade was summarily revoked while Golsteyn was being investigated for the killing of an Afghan man the year before near Forward Operating Base McQuery, in Marjah, Afghanistan.
According to the web site Task & Purpose, President Trump told Golsteyn everything in the record against him would be expunged and he would be once again be entitled to his awarded decorations and skill identifiers “as if this never happened.”
In addition to Golsteyn, the president pardoned Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance, who was found guilty in 2013 for ordering his men to open fire on three Afghans on a motorcycle.
Also, Trump restored the rank and coveted Trident pin of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher, who had been acquitted of murder but convicted with the lesser offense of posing with a dead body.
The Navy’s handling of the Gallagher case after the presidential pardon led to dismissal of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer last week.