Back in June, a U.S. Army Green Beret was killed by asphyxiation while overseas in Mali. The tragic death is believed to be from foul play, and two Navy SEALs are now under scrutiny for alleged involvement in a massive scheme.
The U.S. Military maintains a small presence in the west African nation of Mali. Elite teams there, such as the Green Berets and Navy SEALs, often conduct intelligence operations for counterterrorism missions.
Staff Sergeant Logan Melgar reportedly uncovered a scheme by which Navy SEALs were pocketing money that was supposed to be going to informants. When the two SEALs realized they had been caught, they offered Melgar some of the money as a bribe to keep him silent.
Melgar, the honorable and respected Staff Sgt. that he was, turned down the offer. According to the Daily Beast, it was shortly after that someone then attacked and killed Melgar; those two Navy SEALs are under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) for his murder.
It is unknown what specifically started the June 4 altercation at 5 a.m. but it escalated. Melgar lost consciousness—and, worse, stopped breathing. The SEALs attempted to open an airway in Melgar’s throat, officials said. It is unknown whether Melgar died immediately. The SEALs and another Green Beret, according to former AFRICOM officials, drove to a nearby French clinic seeking help. Melgar was dead when he arrived at the clinic, the official said. Asphyxiation was the cause of death.
With Melgar dead, an apparent panic set in. The SEALs told superiors that Melgar was drunk during so-called combatives—that is, hand-to-hand fighting exercises. The Intercept reported that one of the SEALs, Petty Officer Anthony E. DeDolph, was a mixed-martial arts pro. A source told The Daily Beast the SEALs filed at least one operational report about the incident and possibly two. At least one of the reports included an account that Melgar was drunk.
It was the worst excuse the SEALs could have made up. A former AFRICOM official who saw the autopsy report said no drugs or alcohol were found in Melgar’s system. At least one source believes he did not drink alcohol at all. The SEALs’ story was unraveling.
Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, then commander of Special Operations Command-Africa, was suspicious of the explanation from the start. It just didn’t make sense.
Melgar had called his wife informing her that he was wary of the SEALs after learning of their scheme. His wife Michelle was similarly concerned as well. After she was informed of his death, she also did not fully believe the explanation for his death.
She raised concerns about the cause of death and allegations of drinking, according to three people familiar with the investigation, including providing investigators emails sent by her husband about problems he was having with the SEALs.
It was shortly after that he was killed.
Military experts have been hard-pressed to find another case where members of one elite unit murdered another elite solider. It’s like something out of the CBS show NCIS, and not a real case being investigated by the Navy’s detectives.
Staff Sgt. Logan Meglar was a 34 year-old veteran from Texas, and made two deployments to Afghanistan before becoming a Green Beret in 2016.