WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army has partially – and selectively – rejected an appeal to return medals for valor to retired Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, a Special Forces soldier former President Donald Trump pardoned for alleged murder in Afghanistan.
The decision regarding Golsteyn was reached last June, but was not made public by the Army during Trump’s final months as president. It was revealed in documents just released to USA Today. The Army also refused to honor Golsteyn’s request to restore his Special Forces tab, signifying his service to an elite U.S. military unit.
Golsteyn, a Green Beret, had been charged with killing a suspected bomb maker who, upon questioning in Afghanistan in 2010, had been released. Golsteyn admitted he had killed the man, and a resulting Army probe led to the murder charge against him.
In December 2019, Golsteyn appealed to have his Distinguished Service Cross restored, but to no avail.
Taking up Golsteyn’s cause, as well as that of two other service members accused of war crimes after their stories were reported, Trump pardoned Golsteyn as well as Army 1st Lt. Clint Lora