Andrew Ledford is a United States Navy SEAL.

Ledford graduated from the United States Naval Academy and had served in the United States Marine Corps prior to becoming a SEAL.

On November 4, 2003, while serving in Iraq, Ledford was a lieutenant in command of a special unit of SEALs tasked with arresting suspected resistance fighters. They arrested Iraqi Manadel al-Jamadi. According to later court-martial testimony, on their way to deliver al-Jamadi to interrogators at Abu Ghraib prison they allegedly beat al-Jamadil.

At Ledford's court-martial witnesses testified about three other incidents where Ledford's platoon was seen beating prisoners. One witness gave this account of a beating he saw by Dan Cerrilo, one of the members of Ledford's platoon:

"I never saw anything like that prior with this unit or any other unit and I never saw anything like that again."

Ledford was charged with assault, dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming an officer and making false statements. He was acquitted on May 28, 2005.

Following his court-martial Ledford said he was looking forward to continuing his naval career.

Today, Andrew Ledford continues to continues to serve in the military as a member of the United States Naval Special Warfare Command.

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