Outrageous Green Beret Stripped of Combat Medals After Army Probe
The Army has revoked a Green Beret officer's awards for valor and now one congressman is fighting to get them back.
Maj. Matthew L. Golsteyn received a Silver Star for valor in 2011 after leading a Special Forces team who came under heavy enemy fire in Afghanistan in 2010. Golsteyn successfully "coordinated the evacuation of a wounded Afghan soldier along with airstrikes that stopped the insurgent attack," Fox News reported.
According to an Army summary of his actions, Golsteyn responded with calm resolve and braved enemy fire repeatedly that day.
Golsteyn, a former member of the 3rd Special Forces Group and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., was later approved for an upgrade to the even more prestigious Distinguished Service Cross, which is considered second only to the Medal of Honor in recognizing heroism in combat.
He was later investigated for a violation of the military's rules of engagement in combat for killing "a known enemy fighter and bomb maker," the Washington Post reported.
The case was closed and Golsteyn was not charged with a crime.
However, Army Secretary John M. McHugh decided to strip Golsteyn of both awards and the move has come under heavy scrutiny and criticism.
Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA) weighed in on "Fox and Friends" this morning advocating on Golsteyn's behalf.
“You have guys doing what the American people want them to do," Hunter told Brian Kilmeade. "The American people want their guys to go over wherever they are, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, kill the bad guys and come home safely. Matt Golsteyn did that."
"Not only is he kicked out of the Green Berets, but the secretary of the Army, that has no military service whatsoever, John M. McHugh, revokes his Silver Star for a combat engagement that he earned at a totally different time and place than what they're alleging he did," Hunter stated.
Hunter, a former Marine officer and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, pointed out that McHugh is a presidential appointee and a civilian who should not be able to revoke Army awards. He is pushing legislation to get Golsteyn's medals restored and to prohibit certain officials from revoking awards from soldiers.
Watch the full video above.
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