Green Beret Was Killed After Discovering Navy SEALs' Illicit Cash Scheme

Tyler Durden's picture

It sounds like something out of the plot of a mob movie: Two corrupt government employees offer a third party who discovers one of their schemes a cut of the profits. When he refuses to accept their dirty money, he is promptly “taken care of."

Unfortunately, that fictitious trope is suspiciously close to reality in the strangulation death of Sgt. Logan Melgar, a green beret who was found dead back in June while he was participating in a special forces mission in Mali, where a cohort of US military “advisers” have been assisting French and local forces in rooting out terrorist groups affiliated with the Islamic State and Al Qaeda.

According to the Daily Beast, military investigators now suspect that two of Melgar’s colleagues who were members of the elite Navy SEAL team six murdered him after he discovered they were illegally skimming money from a fund used to pay informants.  The SEALS offered to cut him in, but Melgar declined, according to the Daily Beast’s sources.

A few days later, he was found dead.

Sgt. Logan Melgar

Nobody knows - or at least nobody would tell the DB - what specifically started the June 4 altercation at 5 am. But the fight quickly escalated and ended with Melgar losing consciousness. He also 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. While his death was initially ruled an accident, NCIS investigators now suspect that he was strangled to death. Melgar had been working directly with the SEALs during the intelligence mission in Mali.

The fact that the SEALs apparently did such a poor job of covering their tracks has greatly aided investigators. 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 - and that he was becoming dangerously violent. However, Petty Officer Anthony E. DeDolph, one of the SEALs, 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.

However, when an autopsy was performed, doctors found no signs that Melgar had been drinking or using drugs at the time of his death. At least one of the DB’s sources said Melgar didn’t drink alcohol. Another said it was “the worst excuse they [the SEALs] could’ve possibly come up with."

At least one Africa Command official said Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, then commander of Special Operations Command-Africa, was skeptical of the initial reports of Melgar’s death from the outset. He alerted Army Criminal Investigation Command and told commanders in Mali to preserve evidence.

Melgar’s wife, Michelle, was also suspicious. She raised concerns about the cause of death and allegations of drinking, including providing investigators emails sent by her husband about problems he was having with the SEALs.

But perhaps the most disturbing detail provided by Michelle Melgar was the account of a phone call she shared with her late husband just days before his death. Melgar told his wife that he had a bad feeling about two of his SEAL team partners.

Not wanting to say much more, Melgar said he’d fill Michelle in on the rest of the story when he got back home.

Military officials interviewed by the DB were hard-pressed to come up with another example of elite US special forces troops turning on each other like this.

Just 34 years old when he died, Melgar, a Texan, was an Afghanistan veteran twice over. His hometown paper, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, reported that Melgar was a 2006 graduate of Texas Tech. He enlisted in 2012 and joined the Army as an 18X - an off-the-street Special Forces recruit. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification course in 2016.

“Staff Sgt. Melgar did what most only dream of and excelled at every turn!” wrote a Melgar family representative on social media. “His life was epic! He is missed dearly every single day, but his legacy lives on."

As the Daily Beast explains, the US has a “minimal” troop presence in Mali - much smaller than the 800 troops in neighboring Niger, another West African nation that hosts a sizable special operations cadre.

The special operations forces “advisers”  aid US diplomats, Malian soldiers and their French partners in gathering intelligence on a confluence of capable local militants trending Islamist. As the elite troops do in so many countries, they operate in the shadows, with comparatively little oversight - and what their actions actually look like on the ground can be much dirtier than the heroic image the Pentagon prefers to portray.

Of course, Melgar’s death isn’t the only suspicious death of a green beret in Africa this year. Last month, four green berets were killed in Niger after reportedly being ambushed by Al Qaeda-affiliated militants.

After lawmakers and the soldiers’ families demanded more information on exactly what happened, it was revealed a few days ago that the body of Sgt. La David Johnson was discovered in a state suggesting he had been captured and then executed, according to eyewitness accounts. Readers might remember Johnson as the soldier at the center of the Donald Trump “condolence call” controversy that occupied headlines for about a week last month as Trump feuded with a Florida Congresswoman who had been friendly with Johnson’s family.

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svayambhu108's picture

I think is in the same heaven with SEAL 6, the guys that "PR killed" the already dead from kidney failure Bil-Laden.

bigdumbnugly's picture

maybe they thought if they could get away with the bin laden farce they could certainly get away with knocking off a beret.  . 

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Story I heard was that Melgar was tipping off the Muslims and the SEALs plugged the leak.

If I have to choose between that story, and the one the Daily Beast is promoting, I'm sticking with that story.

bigdumbnugly's picture

Interesting.  Didn't hear that.  Do you have a link to your story?

would appreciate the link if you can find it.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Oh wait, I just read further down. Maybe I was thinking of the Sgt La David Johnson case, that he might have been killed by SEALs or fellow Green Berets after he got caught tipping off the Muslims.

"Of course, Melgar’s death isn’t the only suspicious death of a green beret in Africa this year. Last month, four green berets were killed in Niger after reportedly being ambushed by Al Qaeda-affiliated militants.

After lawmakers and the soldiers’ families demanded more information on exactly what happened, it was revealed a few days ago that the body of Sgt. La David Johnson was discovered in a state suggesting he had been captured and then executed, according to eyewitness accounts."

That said, one thing is for sure, I wouldn't trust the Daily Beast to accurately report that the sky was blue, much less what happened in Mali.

Tarheel's picture

Who cares! One less beaner to overpopulate our great country.

IH8OBAMA's picture

When a country's trained killers go rogue.

 

John Kerry-Heinz's picture

The Big Picture here ZHers:

It is all totally, absolutely, and irredeemably corrupt.  FED, MILITARY, STATE, COUNTY, TOWNSHIP, CITY, and VILLAGE levels.  Burn the entire edifice to the ground, and repeat to eliminate the new scum that arrives to fill the void. ALL OF IT.

lik1999's picture

This story is based on a TRUE MOVIE! 

 

'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' 

Steve Scuba's picture

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Socratic Dog's picture

Reminds me of a story came out 30-40 years ago, about some NZ special forces types who killed a bunch of US grunts in Vietnam when they found them pack-raping some some local girls.  Never have been able to find a reference to that.

bluez's picture

Who makes those kinds of mistakes? Testosterone so high they crush the victim's throat causing laryngotracheal injury? Claiming the victim died drunk when postmortem blood tests were sure to be performed? They must have been very young SEALs who had not spent enough time on earth to appreciate the obvious things that at some point cross the minds of those who reach the age of 30.

So I'll guess that here's what the geniuses in the upper echelons did: They stuck a 34 year old Green Beret in with two very young testosterone crazed SEALs thinking that the old guy's experience would balance the young Turk's enthusiasm. So in addition to the service branch distinction, there was a gaping age distinction. The higher-ups had no concern that maybe the inexperienced, hopped-up youngsters would simply kill the poor old veteran. So then, if this was the case, who's fault was it, really?

bobcatz's picture

More PROOF that ALL wars are EVIL. Period. http://wp.me/p4OZ4v-2e

bluez's picture

No. I think we need just a bit more proof. Just a smidge. That will come right after somebody seriously proves the world is not flat.

stacking12321's picture

all wars are evil, but ALL SPAMMERS are evil, too, so piss off, loser!

Ofelas's picture

they tought, hey thinks like this happen to all those who are to testify against the Clintons and thus "crushing throats" is just an accident

rtb61's picture

Guess is they were not the only ones doing it and those higher up were stealing much more and for years. So they thought it would it covered up to protect higher ranked thieves, hence they only needed token excuses.

Ever since contractors go into the military picture a huge amount of fraud has been happening, it has just got out of control and they are now killing each other.

ArnoldSchwarzenegger's picture

It was theirs Mr. Excuse maker.  Put them to death.  Fixed. 

Then get the military the FUCK out of those countries and let them burn themselves to the ground.

Polynik3s's picture

I worked with a retired Navy Seal. He was about 60. Did most Seal things in the 1980s. He, unfortunately, lacked honor and scrupples. A disappointment. He had cool stories and he would do anything for personal gain. Usually, playing office politics and pissing others off. Hard to tell when he was truly being friendly. He behaves a lot like Hillary now that I think about it.

ParticularlyStupidHumanoid's picture

It could have been the other way around. New Zealanders are worse, because they're technically part of the Royal Guard. Youv'e seen how those members of the Royal Guard, of Spain, behaved toward the Catalonians.

effendi's picture

What the Fuck does NZ soldiers from the Vietnam war have to do with the Spanish Royal Guard? Spain was a republic when the Vietnam war was on, Spain never sent troops to Vietnam and the 2 countries are on opposite sides of the world and maybe ony ever meet at events like the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Or is it that you have an obsession about Catalonia and just want any excuse to segue Catalonia into the subject?

webmatex's picture

My old Oz friend Barry spent two tours in Nam.

He was out of the country when enlisted and when he returned they sent him to Nam and after 18 months told him he could do another stint for deserting!

He hadn't really recovered even after 40 years and was heavy into smack or Pils at the bar.

He told me many similar chilling stories. Had to ask him to stop once with tears in my eyes.

It was a really bad idea to cheat at cards too!

Nice guy. Those stories are true.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Pshhhhaw! I make over 8K per week skimming off fiat from payments to my ‘informants.’ Although for a trained killer, I’m pretty sloppy about tying up loose ends!

Beowulf55's picture

Yep, I remember.  It was around the time flight 370 disappeared around Diego Garcia which is near the Seychelles islands.

That whole thing still stinks and the plane is still missing.

claytonmoore50's picture

"'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back' "

Man, that movie sucked big time!


Future Jim's picture

"It is all totally, absolutely, and irredeemably corrupt.  FED, MILITARY, STATE, COUNTY, TOWNSHIP ..."

You think the federal governemnt is at the top?!

FreeNewEnergy's picture

Your assessment that governments at all levels are corrupt strikes at the heart of the issue and is completely correct.

IF government was uncorrupted, honest, and fair, normal, working, civilized people would have no issues other than raising their kids, living their lives in peace and harmony without worry.

Government, as an adjunct to the love of money and power, is the root of all evil.

Start the sacking at the federal level and the message will "trickle down."

Excelsior!

Blankone's picture

I would have to guess the GB was an outsider who discovered the actions of the seals. But that such endeavors are common among the seals but even seals not involved keep quiet.

NCIzzy's picture

they're not killers.. they're 'commandos'.. er, wait, that's reserved for israeli murderes..  here they're 'elite seals' or 'special ops'

All Risk No Reward's picture

You've got that wrong.

The Banskters control these trained killers, that's why they are corrupt.

The pilfering might be a cover story for something even darker.

Never trust UzBanksterstan human power elite liars.

When they promote good, they are covering bad.

When they admit to bad, it is because they've done much, much worse.

Reminds me of Serpico... take the money or else your death will be orchestrated... it just failed on Serpico - he got lucky.

harrybrown's picture

When they admit to bad, it is because they've done much, much worse.

indeed

think holocaust & why that story was cooked up....

Deepthoughts01's picture

Black, Brown, Indigo, Red, Yellow,  White: We are all the same in the Cemetary. Decomposing slaves.  But, this person was trying to believe in serving what is left of the USA and puttng this country first. One sliver of his life.

No matter what CNN spews, it is a major sacrifice to spend your life defending others.

You don't deserve to breathe same air we do. Hope you contract a rare disease for which there is no known cure and suffer throughout the rest of your life in increasing agony.

 

Deepthoughts01's picture

Black, Brown, Indigo, Red, Yellow,  White: We are all the same in the Cemetary. Decomposing slaves.  But, this person was trying to believe in serving what is left of the USA and puttng this country first. One sliver of his life.

No matter what CNN spews, it is a major sacrifice to spend your life defending others.

You don't deserve to breathe same air we do. Hope you contract a rare disease for which there is no known cure and suffer throughout the rest of your life in increasing agony.

 

Future Jim's picture

"Who cares! One less beaner to overpopulate our great country."

Jesus Titty Fuckin Christ! Can't all these agents provocateur be kicked off?

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Tarheel,   .....  oh what's the use.

cheka's picture

fbi confirms, white people are racist.  their latest hate crime report -- jews, gays, muzzies are victims.  whites are haters

http://www.texaspolicenews.com/default.aspx?act=Newsletter.aspx&category...

The FBI report, released Monday morning, found that Anglos comprised the largest percent — 46 percent — of the offenders.

OneZero's picture

Johnson was killed when he tried to run. Just that simple. If he had stayed with the team he might be alive.

Freddie's picture

WTF.  If this guy Melgar was tipping off anyone - report it to the C- you don't kill him then give him a trahciotomy then lie and say he was drinking.

The SEALs work for the See Eye A and not the DoD or the Navy.

the US should not even be there.  Melgar was probably the good guy in this story.

Richard Chesler's picture

Soweeto is sooo relieved more of his accomplices being taken care of.
Long live sucking cock!
j

Scar Bro's picture

Sounds like you're full of shit. "Tipping off the Muslims?" Which muslims and how exactly does one tip off muslims? "Hey you know how you're getting bombed for Israel? Yeah, well expect more of that tomorrow" "Gee thanks Allahosnackbar!"

Let me ask you a question: Do you or do you not have a foreskin on your penis? No? Rabbi chewed it off? Fuck off jew.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Jew? LOL, no, just check my posting history.

But you sound like an assclown. "Hurr durr, nobody ever spied for the other side during wartime! DERP"

Also, I would respectfully point out that La David Johnson is a nog.

 

Scar Bro's picture

No one ever skimmed money from the petty cash? If he'd been selling info to "the muslims" they'd have just turned him in.

As it is, you think some spearchuckers would have enough money to afford to pay a green beret to switch sides? Helluva risk to take just to be paid in rhino horn.

No. You're full of shit. I don't give a shit about your history - fact is you're bullshitting like a jew now.

Bay of Pigs's picture

5 weeks here and slinging mud?

Joe ScarBro? lol.

slightlyskeptical's picture

Not defending anything anyone posted but I am curious how long one needs to be here for their opinion to be "valid".

I see these type comments all the time from people who have obviously been here two long or do not belong.

Mr. Schmilkies's picture

the zero hedge indoctrination period varies, but you know you've made it when you get more up arrows than down.    (I'm curious to see how I'm doing, by the way.) 

webmatex's picture

 (I'm curious to see how I'm doing, by the way.) 

Then in time honored fashion :

Red Arrow Award!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITyt4RvmBFw

You are doing pretty good but far below legends like MDB, keep trying and you will succeed. It also helps if you can lose a boat containing large amounts of silver in a lake. Good luck!