After the Navy’s highly reported firing of Capt. Brett Crozier from his post on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, Americans were left stunned. Crozier was relieved from his post after a letter he sent to higher-ups, pleading for help with shipmates sick with coronavirus went viral, making the U.S. Navy look bad, or so they thought.
In firing a man who was just trying to protect his crew, the Navy has simply sent a message that service members are expendable, and that doing the right thing will get you fired.
Crozier begged in the letter:
“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our sailors.”
Now, Teddy Roosevelt’s great-grandson is speaking out about the firing from a ship named after his great-grandfather, and he’s not very happy. Tweed Roosevelt said this in an op-ed for the NY Times:
“In this era when so many seem to place expediency over honor, it is heartening that so many others are showing great courage, some even risking their lives. Theodore Roosevelt, in his time, chose the honorable course. Captain Crozier has done the same.”
“Perhaps this was not the best approach for his career, but it got results.”
According to NY Times:
Captain Crozier joins a growing list of heroic men and women who have risked their careers over the last few weeks to speak out about life-threatening failures to treat the victims of this terrible pandemic. Many of them are doctors and nurses, and many of them, like Captain Crozier, have been punished. All of them deserve our deepest gratitude.
The Times continues:
In removing Captain Crozier, the Navy said that his letter was a gross error that could incite panic among his crew. But it’s hard to know what else he could have done — the situation on the Theodore Roosevelt was dire.
Ships at sea, whether Navy carriers or cruise ships, are hotbeds for this disease. Social distancing is nearly impossible: The sailors are practically on top of one another all day, in crowded messes, in cramped sleeping quarters and on group watches.
According to CNN:
Most people with Covid-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care, while severe cases often receive supportive care in the hospital, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.