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It has now been reported that Captain Crozier of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt refused to let his senior officers sign his letter requesting help for his sailors because he knew it would effectively end their careers. He knowingly and unselfishly sacrificed his own command but put the well being of those under him above all else.

 

THIS is what character, integrity and leadership looks like. No wonder his sailors showed him such respect and devotion as he walked off his ship alone. I pray that he will be vindicated in the years ahead but know that history will be kind to him.

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@nevergivesup you are right.He is character,integrity and leadership..He also had a heart.

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This is the kind of individual I would be proud to follow !

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Re: Captain Crozier

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Capt. Crozier himself tested positive for Covid19 and was immediately put in isolation for 14 days when he left his ship.

 

There has been 'talk' of him being  reinstated, I hope he is!:

 

https://www.navytimes.com/news/coronavirus/2020/04/10/secdef-weighs-in-on-possibility-of-reinstateme...

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The Captain was vindicated by me weeks ago.  Wish I had a bigger microphone!

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ITA with all of you. The way he was treated was beyond despicable.

 

He's a national hero in my never-to-be-humble opinion.

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Help me out here.  I keep reading the implication that he HAD to send this letter to the world - which he knew would be leaked to the press - and thus also to our enemies - because no one in his chain would help him.  Yet I can't find specifically WHO  in the chain he communicated with prior to sending this letter - and the reason given for firing him was that he DIDN"T go through the chain of command before notifying the world of his situation.

 

So does anyone know what all took place prior to sending this letter?

 

 

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Week of March 24: First coronavirus cases detected on board

 

The Navy first reported on March 24 that three sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt had tested positive and been airlifted to a hospital in the Pacific.

 

Cases of coronavirus multiplied rapidly and 15 more sailors tested positive a few days later, prompting testing for all of the approximately 5,000 sailors aboard, according to Navy and Defense officials. By March 26, as the ship docked in Guam for a scheduled visit, that number had jumped to 23 sailors.

 

Adm. Michael Gilday, chief of naval operations, said at the time the Roosevelt remained capable of its missions.

 

March 30: Captain pleads with Navy to evacuate ship

 

A letter dated March 30 from Crozier, the ship's captain, asked Navy officials to do more to address the "accelerating" coronavirus outbreak on the ship, which had afflicted dozens of sailors by that point.

 

Crozier said that "decisive action" was required to prevent deaths from the coronavirus, and that the sailors on board were currently unable to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines because of the ship's close quarters.

 

Crozier asked that about 90% of the ship's crew be taken ashore in Guam and isolated and 10% remain to operate the essential functions of the aircraft carrier.

 

March 31-April 1: Letter leaks, officials say they're working on it

Crozier's letter was first published by the San Francisco Chronicle March 31, and Navy officials were pressed to respond to concerns over the sailors' safety.

 

"I heard about the letter from Capt. Crozier this morning, I know that our command organization has been aware or this for about 24 hours and we have been working actually the last seven days to move those sailors off the ship and get them into accommodations in Guam," Modly said, noting that bed space was an issue.

 

Modly and others expressed concern that Crozier's letter had been leaked to the media and suggested there had been some sort of "communications breakdown."

 

April 2: Navy fires Crozier over loss of confidence

 

 

Days after he pleaded for help, Crozier was relieved of his duty for loss of confidence, Modly announced.

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@Isobel Archer 

 

Hi, theres an interesting read about this on Vox dot com.
titled :

Acting Navy secretary resigns after calling ousted coronavirus-stricken captain “stupid”. (Thats the headline)

---subtitle of a contining article is :

What happened on the USS Theodore Roosevelt

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Read an article where the Capt's family talked to the press.  According to them, the Capt. attempted 4 times to get help going through his chain of command and was not getting any response about what to specifically do or how to handle the situation.

 

  The one time he did get a specific response, they were considering having him leave port in Guam and sail to San Diego.  In the meantime, more and more sailors were getting sick and the ship's doctor was warning him that some of the sailor's could die if they didn't get treatment.  

 

After a period of time and with more sailors becoming ill, he wrote the letter and addressed it to multiple individuals with a specific plan of what he thought needed to be done.  I don't know if he thought it would be leaked or not, but he knew he would be in trouble because he was going outside of chain of command in order to try and get some help for his sailors.

 

So he sent the letter knowing he would probably be relieved of his command, but he knew his sailors needed help and they couldn't get any information about the virus, what to do, what needed to be done, etc.  So he fell on the sword so to speak in hope that someone on that distribution list would lend assistance.  

 

And it worked.

 

Most of the Navy vets we know here were convinced from the beginning that the Capt. had attempted normal standard operating procedure & wasn't getting help.  As they said, someone with his record and 20 years in the Navy doesn't get to where he is by doing something stupid right off the bat.  

 

I hope the Capt. is able to recuperate quickly and without complications.  Have to say, if I were him I would retire.  

 


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